Replacing a Written Final with a Technical Conversation: Lessons Learned
In an introductory physics class we replaced the written final exam with a semi-structured, technical conversation held asynchronously over seven days. To focus the conversations, all students were assigned the same initial reading, upon which they needed to base initial comments. A conversation was then composed of three comments from a student, alternating with two comments and questions from the professor. In this presentation, I will address lessons learned, covering the value of the initial reading, the balance between structure and open-endedness, and challenges with assessment. I will also discuss strategies to adopt online technical conversations into the standard coursework during a normal semester.