Dean Vikram Amar on Constructing Exams

Dean Vikram Amar (Illinois) has an excellent post on Above the Law about exam writing.  He offers four thoughts based on his experience as a professor, associate dean, and dean.  First, Dean Amar talks about the benefits of interim assessments:

Regardless of how much weight I attach to midterm performance in the final course grade, and even if I use question types that are faster to grade than traditional issue spotting/analyzing questions — e.g., short answer, multiple-choice questions, modified true/false questions in which I tell students that particular statements are false but ask them to explain in a few sentences precisely how so — the feedback I get, and the feedback the students get, is invaluable.

Second, Dean Amar articulates an argument in favor of closed book exams: Continue reading