Wot? Cancelled the Hum Phys exam? After you worked so hard, and talked so fast to cover the learning outcomes in March? Talking about inflammation and the hormonal control of sperm production because they were on the May exams, was my last in-the-same-room action with any students. Shortly after that, it became clear that May exams would contravene physical distancing protocols and we were requested-and-required to think of alternative assessment methods and summarise these on an enormous departmental spread-sheet. I tell ya, b'ys, my knickers were well twisted by this requirement and I put 4 different ideas up on line. The dilemma was that Institutional Me thought
- that the exams should be as normal as possible even if carried out at the kitchen table
- The option taken by most colleagues
The Learning Outcomes have been met by Continuous Assessmentand calculated a final mark based on all the quizzes, research projects and assignments I had given the PTs since September. The language is important; you can make it easier for people to accept your proposal. This decision / proposal had to go for appro Up the
One of the unintended consequences of this High Moral Ground decision, is that yesterday I uploaded the PT1 marks onto the central marks computer and got closure on the last iteration of my main lecture course at The Institute. I can now spend a half day not marking crabbed-hand, rote-learned, answers to my exam questions. Done!
Then again then again, I had a long chat with my retired-at-fifty pal the day I finished my Projects and he suggested I might, in an HR emergency, answer the call to serve The Institute for part of next academic year as we emerge from lock-down. That's at least 4 months away. La La La, can't hear that call.
For Now its par TAY,