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Final Exams or Epic Finales

Instead of a multiple-choice test, Dr. Anthony Crider, from Elon University, suggests ending the semester with one last, memorable learning experience. He discusses his own final, where “students show up to a nearly empty room: no tables, no chairs, and no instructors. All they find is an 8-foot-tall black monolith (akin to the one in 2001: A Space Odyssey) and video cameras in each corner of the room. By the time the day is over, our students are in a backyard eating sunflower seeds with chickens. As odd as that may sound, it’s all tied to learning objectives from earlier in the semester — especially the chickens.”

Dr. Crider suggests ideas such as: the lone-question finale, the experiential finale, the celebratory finale, or your own finale.

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