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Teaching Innovation Projects

Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Summary

In many engineering courses, cumulative final exams typically comprise the largest component of a student’s grade. However, from a learner’s perspective, final exams are frequently associated with high levels of stress, which may hinder student performance during the exam period. In this interactive engineering-focused workshop, I will discuss the challenges associated with final exams that are heavily- weighted and propose alternative forms of summative assessment of student learning. Through a demonstration of a survey conducted in a Civil Engineering class at the University of Waterloo, I will demonstrate students’ perspectives on final exams. Furthermore, using data from twenty-one engineering course outlines from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), I will demonstrate common assessment approaches used in engineering courses. The workshop will conclude by asking participants to share ideas for alternatives to heavily-weighted final exams and will introduce some alternative methods of assessment that have been suggested in education literature.

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