A New Approach to Oral Exams

As professors, we have all been there—trying to decide the best way to assess students to determine whether learning has taken place. The goal of education is, after all, to get the information into the student’s long-term memory so that he or she can draw on it and experience a lifelong benefit. We do not talk all that often about how we’re assessing learning. We’re not always happy with how we do it, but we keep using the same approaches anyway.

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