Eager students, taking the midterm:
In the U.S. my midterm for this class consists of 10 case-based essay questions (the idea is to apply concepts and theories to business situations) and students have 3 hours in which to complete it. I decided to have only six questions for this group and provided the normal class time of two hours. If folks had read all the assigned material and been in class where I discussed all but one of the concepts on the exam - the one was clearly in the online text chapter I had assigned - I believe the exam to have been fairly easy. Unfortunately it was clear that many people were not expecting an exam of the kind I gave and had not done the reading... About one third of the class failed the exam. There were several reasons:
- Each of the questions had 2-3 students who answered it accurately and completely and another ten or so who answered at B-level, so I am confident the material was accessible to the class. I know, because they have told me, that many of the students have not done the reading I have assigned. It is hard to learn if one is not reading.
- Two students showed up in my class for the very first time for the midterm exam. I understand that in Romania it is not uncommon for folks to believe they can pass the class simply by taking the exam. I have done my best to make clear that is not the case in my class. Although one of them clearly had read material assigned and did pass.
- Several students left questions completely blank, contrary to my written instructions to provide at least some brief thoughts for every question prior to their completing the whole. When there are only 6 questions, one or, in three cases, two blanks has serious impact on the final grade!