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Presentation Title: Replacing a Written Final with a Technical Conversation: Lessons Learned
Abstract: 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.
Submission Category: Any setting

Primary Author Information

First name: Peter
Last name: Bryant
Institution: Bethany College
Zip Code: 67456