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The 21st century exam, as articulated by iHeartTeaching, and presented on March 21st, 2011 at McGill University, will culminate in life-long learning for pupils who are tomorrow's leaders. The interactive and multipurpose exam lives forever.
Managing Director, Sarah MK Ko, who is currently a graduate student at McGill University for Educational leadership, hopes to change the limited functions of the 20th century final exam.
Her website, iHeartTeaching.org, provides the many resources:
Students these days are only accustomed to worrying about their final exam scores, as well as, final course grades, and often forget about their answers. There is no need to rekindle their final exam moment many years after a course is taken, or when a degree is finally conferred.
I worry that so much energy and preparation comes at the attempt of the 20th century exam. We have to look for new approaches, in terms of a multipurpose, so that the exam itself brings more incentives, return more value in the investment, while allowing everyone to rekindle in one's solution at hand.
How does it work? The exam questions will be expert-based, so public leaders and specialists are invited to the high school, college, or university and provide a fresh question that will really turn a student's thinking about the entire class discussion into applying it for policy impacts to serve the community.
The exam will be more enticing with the presence of an outside expert and the problem-based feature will
The interactivity with it continues as students will see their final exam questions and individual answers (in the form of essays, proofs, etc) which can later be uploaded on the Web. A web forum that is part of a high school or university can also provide user-generated privileges, so that everyone can be involved and present feedback at any point in the future. Editorial content towards policy-making and news coverages on pubic sentiment, etc, can integrate the honest and innovative answers supplied by young minds.
This way, the students are motivated to write the final exam which is truly multipurpose and interactive, problem-solving- and expert-based.
The shared working paper is derived from the original document submitted on March 25th, 2011, titled, "The Interactive Multipurpose Final Exam: A 21st Century Expert-based Solution," at McGill University.