Practice exams on the web

Jon Monroe MONROEJD at VAX1.ACS.JMU.EDU
Wed Aug 9 08:47:11 EST 1995


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Hi Plant-eders. I am a P-Chemer.  But I like your
science, and the reflection of your pedagogy A LOT.
(blush).  

responses to Jon Monroe's post:

[snip]

> ... They might then
> have an unfair advantage (or disadvantage 
>  if they get the idea they can succeed
> by memorizing) when they enroll in his classes.  Am I being too pessimistic?

   I think so.  The teacher who can write problem 
   solving exams can provide an advantage
   to the problem-solvers.  The teacher who 
   chooses not to, falls into Jon's
   pitfall.  And teachers thus continue
   as they ever have, to propagate their kind

   Oooo! *not* a freudian slip :-)
  
  [snip]

> (Clifford Stoll) argues, among other things, that the internet is a very poor
> substitute for a real teacher.  I would like to hear other comments on this
> notion.
   
  A poor substitute indeed-- but what a help for a teacher!!!  And have
  we not *yearned* for the day when we could more open the preparation
  room to our students???  

  Changing the topic (some): Anybody who thinks that the internet and/or
  broadband communications will obviate the need for teachers is
  either malevolent or innocent (there is an uglier way to say that, but
  I won't):  I think it creates the potential for many MORE GREAT
  teachers... MANY more...and all the society-changing impact that implies.

  (Now getting off his soap-box)

  John


John Reissner         Pembroke State University     Pembroke NC  28372  USA
reissner at pembvax1.pembroke.edu     vox: (910)521-6425    fax: (910)521-6649



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