Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I finish making a resit exam for the course that I teach; one of those tasks that seems to come up at an inconvenient time, but I completed it before the deadline. There's a slight change in priorities in making a resit exam, in comparison with a standard one -- usually there's a bias towards making questions that are "easy to mark" (do not give the examinees the opportunity to get bogged down in mounds of hard-to-check detail). For a resit paper, I try to give them the opportunity to get enough marks to pass (so long as they deserve to of course!), and with few people taking it I am less averse to mounds of detail. I should forbear to give any technical details of how this impacts on the questions I come up with.