Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Re: expectations in my CPSC course

Context: The lecture style is a bit different from usual, and people have generally found the course harder than they expected (it being a first year CPSC course). The midterm was very hard for most people and many people got lower grades than expected. The instructors have admitted that it was a bit harder than they aimed for, and have offered some makeup questions on the next assignment.

"I think more questions is better than fewer questions as it assesses more parts of the course topics, and not biasing those who are more stronger in one area vs another."
--from the class discussion board

hmm, this is an interesting point. Could we as students just be very used to finishing all questions on an exam? Is this a reasonable goal to have?

How much of the course material should the exam aim to cover? If the coverage is limited to what can be completed in the given time, then there will be some parts of the course that aren't tested. This means that students who are better at the content not covered will be at a disadvantage.

Perhaps there is an expectation inflation in the same way as grade inflation?
I personally feel I learn more from classes that cover some content that is beyond my current ability (only expecting me to just pass the course, and not (necessarily) to know everything). If I don't get it right away, it will often make sense later in the class or even after the class is finished.