Beyond the Final Exam (CTE7528)Export this event to calendar

Friday, July 17, 2020 — 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EDT

Location: Online 

Facilitator: Trevor Holmes (Centre for Teaching Excellence), Richard Li (Centre for Teaching Excellence) and Kyle Scholz (Centre for Teaching Excellence)


When deciding how to assess what students have learnt at the end of a course, we often default to the classic, proctored final exam. At their best, these can be well-structured and be a true test of learning. However, the remote teaching environment poses numerous challenges for a traditional final exam. The good news: many alternatives exist. In this webinar, CTE staff with extensive teaching experience will put final, summative assessments in the context of an overall assessment plan and offer alternatives to the proctored, heavily-weighted final exam.

Information on how to join this webinar will be emailed to participants prior to the date. 


This webinar was recorded, the Beyond the Final Exam recording and video transcript are available. 


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