This week, I gave my first exam of the semester — a take-home, with ten multi-part questions requiring lots of calculations and and statistical tests, and I required that all answers by typed and in a specific format. It was due last night at midnight.
Nobody took the hint. I got 100% on-time submissions, so this morning I’m looking at a big stack of pages of numbers and formulas and explanations and hard work that I have to get evaluated this weekend.
Why didn’t you guys tell me to make it all multiple choice and true/false? I’m blaming you all. You need to come to my house and grade them for me.
PZ Myers says
Also, these are all electronic submissions, so the good ol’ “throw ’em down the stairs and grade them by how far they fall” trick doesn’t work.
Maybe I could spend the whole weekend coding up something that sums up the numeric codes for all the alphanumerics in the paper into a single 32-bit hash, and then translates that into a letter grade. That would be fun.
The classic joke in our stat classes is that if you give a test that is completely T/F there will be some student who, at the end, is repeatedly flipping a coin to check their work.
I love that picture of the mountain of paper.
Isn’t that what Excel spreadsheets are for?
@2 “The classic joke in our stat classes is that if you give a test that is completely T/F there will be some student who, at the end, is repeatedly flipping a coin to check their work.”
If you were to randomly choose one of the following four answers, what is the probability that your answer would be correct?
You need a sapient AI to do the job for you. What could possibly go wrong?
I’m surprised we haven’t had a massive organized protest by our present-selves-as-graders against our past-selves-as-overenthusiastic-syllabus-writers.
nathanieltagg @ 8
That is why time machines are so important.
Before I stopped teaching, the administration in my high school was requiring that all tests be in a multiple choice or true/false format. An essay question was only allowed as extra credit. Why? Because the administration decided that we should have a 100% graduation rate, of course! It was forbidden to ask the little darlings to actually think for themselves.