Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Laziness

I was shocked when I found out that two exams (written by the same person) were completely multiple choice. There were no questions allowing/requiring a written explanatory answer. The teacher concerned had even laughed about not having to spend much time marking the papers, when explaining the reasoning to the students during the lectures.

This method does not test the knowledge, skills or abilities in a satisfactory and comprehensive way of any of the students, especially as I know the standard of the questions set. All this method tests is how well the students can guess what the lecturer means, and then circle the corresponding answer.

There was a memo that went around recently (the 5 year plan for CSSE if I remember correctly) which stated that more emphasis should be placed on the quality of teaching. Of the past 3 years, this is the worst I have seen from this particular teacher.

To those first and second year students who did the subjects, I'm sorry. Please take this up with your students reps and with the deans of CSSE, there are many staff who don't believe it's acceptable and who have voiced their opinions, but aren't being listened to.

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