Thursday, April 12, 2012

The 10 Most Creative Final Exams Ever Offered

Ah, finals. A monotonous, stressful rite of passage for high school and college students around the world. Controversies regarding their ultimate efficacy have resulted in schools as notable as Harvard purging final exams from the curriculum altogether. But educators still need a way to ensure the material sinks into their pupils’ brains, and the more innovative ones out there have whipped up some viable alternatives. Many prove far more applicable to the syllabus than a mere test, making it far easier for students to visualize exactly how everything works. Check out some of the following when searching for inspiration about creative ways to wrap everything up without lessons unsticking.

    University of Texas at El Paso’s Robert M. Esch and Mimi Reisel Gladstein published quite an interesting article in the September 1975 issue of College English. They proposed the elimination of the traditional final exam structure in favor of something far more autonomous: letting students organize their own. With the right course, such a plan would allow them to show off exactly what they’ve learned that semester in the manner most befitting their unique learning styles.

    Journalism students at University of Gloucestershire spend their last week of class applying their lessons to real-world problems rather than rehashing them out through essays and exams. Advanced Newsweek challenges them to operate their very own news conglomerate, with online, television, and radio branches — and all the stressors that entails. One can easily see how this final exam alternative benefits soon-to-be graduates in the long run!

    Spanish students under Lebanon Valley College professor Kathleen Tacelosky partnered up with local elementary school kids (some of them around 6 years old) who speak it as a primary language for a unique final exam blending in mutually beneficial service learning. Participants from both linguistic traditions assisted one another in correcting accent and grammar issues in addition to teaching them some brand new vocabulary words. Once the educational experienced wrapped up, the college crowd formally presented a summary of what they learned from the eager youngsters from Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

    Funny enough, a final exam of all things wound up spawning a widely beloved event drawing thousands of participants and even more viewers. Southern Illinois University art and design professor Richard Archer thought he’d challenge his students to prove their mettle in 3D with a practical, but super fun, wrap-up project. The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta asked them to design and race, well, cardboard boats. And ONLY cardboard boats! Entries also had to be large enough to fit human passengers. Archer’s brainchild proved so wildly popular, non-students began trying their hand at his test, and the idea quickly spread to different states.

    In an effort to encourage sustainability in the community without financially overburdening Baltimore’s nonprofits, Johns Hopkins puts its environmental engineering students to work. Climate Showcase requires them to perform free assessments and inspections on these organization’s energy efficiency, and they have to visit two a week before releasing their findings. The charities benefit from the gratis advice — which saves them money in the long run — and the students learn firsthand how their lessons apply to everyday life.

    Immediately, every Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Blade Runner fan has probably perked up. ACT test developer, writer, and editor Tracy Rae Bowling, back in her teaching days, once headed up a composition class with a robotics theme; specifically, they narrowed in on the resulting existential and ethics issues and the Uncanny Valley phenomenon. When finals time rolled around, she decided to take advantage of their recent foray into analyzing Ridley Scott’s film adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s beloved cyberpunk classic; Blade Runner features the Voight-Kampff device to differentiate between flesh-and-blood humans and their robotic Replicant counterparts so sophisticated they could very well be organic. Students were tasked with drawing up their own rubrics meant to help Rick Deckard and the other Blade Runners make the distinction.

    High school science teacher Kristen Mahoney struggled to make her classes realize the real-world implications behind her Environmental Systems course, because they kept questioning the lessons’ relevance. So she gave them a choice between the typical research project and paper and a 26-hour disaster simulation based on Ron Zaraza’s model — and a curious 22 out of 24 sprung for the latter. Participants received no prior instruction or warning about what the event would entail, and they found themselves faced with a chicken pox epidemic they could only quell with the knowledge gleaned in Mahoney’s class. Mission accomplished.

    Science may have denied humanity jetpacks for now, but freshman-level engineering students at University of Maryland are paving the road toward the best invention ever in the annual hovercraft competition. A requirement of the Introduction to Engineering Design course, they must design and construct an unmanned structure within some pretty stringent guidelines. Then compete them in a challenge whose parameters change every year.

    It makes sense that a musical theater class would conclude itself with a slam-bam spectacular, like the showcase presented by University of Rochester’s Kim Kowalke. Students cobbled together their own performance of more recent showtunes and titled it “City of Strangers,” and they invited the public to both showings for free.

    Rather than writing up a final exam essay, enrollees in the Introductory Sports and Recreation Management course at Tiffin University were required to submit questions to a mandatory question and answer session with an industry professional. Miechelle Willis, Ohio State University’s Senior Associate Athletic Director, answered queries regarding day-to-day running of college athletic programs as well as special events.

Contacts and sources:
Tim Handorf


  1. Replies
    1. Big data is a term that describes the large volume of data – both structured and unstructured – that inundates a business on a day-to-day basis. big data projects for students But it’s not the amount of data that’s important.Project Center in Chennai

      Spring Framework has already made serious inroads as an integrated technology stack for building user-facing applications. Corporate TRaining Spring Framework the authors explore the idea of using Java in Big Data platforms.

      Spring Training in Chennai

      The new Angular TRaining will lay the foundation you need to specialise in Single Page Application developer. Angular Training

  2. I am really happy to saw your attractive blog. This is the best explanation and very useful tips. Thank you for your sharing with us. I expected more ideas from your blog. Keep it up...
    Jmeter Training in Chennai
    Jmeter Certification
    TOEFL Coaching in Chennai
    Ethical Hacking Course in Chennai
    IELTS Coaching in Chennai
    Spoken English Classes in Chennai
    Jmeter Training in Porur
    Jmeter Training in OMR

  3. Going through something so fantastic has a retouching power for the heart and mind.
    2019 Jamb expo

  4. Hey Nice Blog!! Thanks For Sharing!!!Wonderful blog & good post.Its really helpful for me, waiting for a more new post. Keep Blogging!
    SEO company in coimbatore
    Digital Marketing Company in Coimbatore
    SEO Services in coimbatore

  5. Thanks for sharing this post. Hello, myself David Martin. I am a skilled and experienced content writer from Australia. I also work as a professional subject matter expert for NeedAssignmentHelp.Get the best Mathematics Assignment Help by experts at We Offer exceptional Math Assignment Help and writing services at the best price.

    Mathematics Assignment Help

  6. You have shared a nice article here about the Creative Final Exams. Your article is very informative and I liked your way to express your views in this post. Thank you for sharing this article here. sat tutors cost Newport beach

  7. Thankyou so much for telling 10 Most Creative Final Exams.Thanks for taking the time to discuss this. I feel about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.Get best Dubai Seo service from adwebstudio

  8. I am impressed by your post. It contains very informative data and i gain a lot information from it. It is very useful for me. Thanks for sharing and keep on sharing that type of posts.The Mobile App Development Dubai provides good service of App development.

  9. It is very nice and informative blog through which we gain a lot information for our some purpose. you did a great job and i appreciate your effort. Very nice shear and keep on sharing.The get bed sheet online.

  10. Very Informative blog thanks for sharing!!!!!! Android App Development

  11. Thanks for sharing the update about exams. I was reading other blogs and found this what I was looking for.

    Hire Software Developer


  12. This is a great blog posting and very useful.SEO Expert Dubai

  13. Hi!!!
    Hey Wonder full Blog! Thanks for this valuable Information Sharing with us your review is very nice.
    Thanks once again for this Wonderful article. Waiting for a more new post
    Keep on posting!

    Digital Marketing Agency in Coimbatore
    SEO Company in Coimbatore
    web designing Company in coimbatore

  14. Hey Nice Blog!!
    Thanks For Sharing!!! Nice blog & Wonderfull post. Its really helpful for me, waiting for a more new post. Keep on posting!

    student consultants
    study abroad consultants
    education consultants

  15. This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and new initiatives in the same niche. Blog gave us useful information to work. You have done an amazing job!
    PMP Certification Training in Bangalore

  16. Android is a trend-setting globally accepted mobile platform, which has completely revolutionized the world of mobile phones. When comes to business needs, the Android app is a powerful tool for all sorts of businesses to enhance business performance. Clavax is top android app development company in San Jose that develops custom android applications for all business needs. Get Quote Now!

  17. Freelance maintenance technicians also benefit from establishing relationships with multiple clients. Working as a freelancer, you’ll gain employment experience with a variety of businesses, boosting your overall skill set and providing you with more work opportunities in the future.

    maintenance technician


    1. [url=][/url]

  19. This comment has been removed by the author.

  20. Thanks for sharing. Yes, I believe that the education system is outdated and should keep up with the times. We need to introduce new interesting approaches to learning. Such as various apps or sites. We will help

  21. Great exams. I would like to see youtube video with such exams. If you can post it and I will buy youtube likes from this site

  22. This comment has been removed by the author.

  23. Do you think to create tiktok channel of your college? You could post your funny video in college life. If you want to create it read this post first

  24. Hоw dо ореn-ѕоurсе рrоduсtіvіtу ѕuіtеѕ compare tо MS Office - аnd dоеѕ іt mаkе ѕеnѕе fоr уоur оrgаnіzаtіоn tо сhооѕе frее соmmunіtу software rаthеr thаn Microsoft's commercially licensed оffеrіng?

  25. Its very good to see such a nice and informative article, this article really getting me an aspiration to do the same as you. Keep going on Admin and thank you for the content.
    seo Agency in Sharjah
    seo Agency in Dubai
    seo Agency in Ajman
    SEO Agency in Ras Al Khaimah
    SEO Agency in Abu Dhabi
    SEO Agency in Al Ain

  26. Hello, This is very Helpful Content. this article really getting me an aspiration to do the same as you
    Mobile App Development Company in Dubai

  27. Its very good to see such a nice and informative article, this article really getting me an aspiration to do the same as you. Keep going on Admin and thank you for the content.
    SEO Agency in Dubai

  28. Hi Admin thanks for providing such an informative article about the topic, actually I have read many articles but this is unique from others. Really I have enjoyed lot reading this. Thank you so much, keep sharing such nice articles.
    Desert Safari Dubai
    Desert Safari Sharjah
    Desert Safari Ajman

  29. It was interesting to read this article, thanks!

  30. Great information!!! Thanks for your wonderful informative blog.
    Village Talkies a top-quality professional corporate video production company in Bangalore and also best explainer video company in Bangalore & animation video makers in Bangalore, Chennai, India & Maryland, Baltimore, USA provides Corporate & Brand films, Promotional, Marketing videos & Training videos, Product demo videos, Employee videos, Product video explainers, eLearning videos, 2d Animation, 3d Animation, Motion Graphics, Whiteboard Explainer videos Client Testimonial Videos, Video Presentation and more for all start-ups, industries, and corporate companies. From scripting to corporate video production services, explainer & 3d, 2d animation video production , our solutions are customized to your budget, timeline, and to meet the company goals and objectives.
    As a best video production company in Bangalore, we produce quality and creative videos to our clients.

  31. The thing I admire most about this blog is that it is written in a really simple manner. No use of enigmatic words that just makes it so different from other blogs. Keep up the good work.

  32. Planning to build a mobile application but not sure how to perfectly code it and what important aspects you need to follow in the app development process, then it is worth hiring one of the top IT outsourcing companies in the USA and India from the list of top-charters. Top IT Outsourcing Companies

  33. I think you should create instagram page of your college to post such news and updates. You can post on your profile photo of your students as well. If you need followers for your profile just buy it from here

  34. Nice article, which you have shared here. Your article is very informative and I liked your way to express your views in this post. The article you have shared here is very informative and the points you have mentioned are very helpful. Thanks for sharing this article here. Genuine Essay Writing Service UK

  35. Ucuz, kaliteli ve organik sosyal medya hizmetleri satın almak için Ravje Medyayı tercih edebilir ve sosyal medya hesaplarını hızla büyütebilirsin. Ravje Medya ile sosyal medya hesaplarını organik ve gerçek kişiler ile geliştirebilir, kişisel ya da ticari hesapların için Ravje Medyayı tercih edebilirsin. Ravje Medya internet sitesine giriş yapmak için hemen tıkla:

    İnstagram takipçi satın almak için Ravje Medya hizmetlerini tercih edebilir, güvenilir ve gerçek takipçilere Ravje Medya ile ulaşabilirsin. İnstagram takipçi satın almak artık Ravje Medya ile oldukça güvenilir. Hemen instagram takipçi satın almak için Ravje Medyanın ilgili sayfasını ziyaret et: instagram takipçi satın al

    Tiktok takipçi satın al istiyorsan tercihini Ravje Medya yap! Ravje Medya uzman kadrosu ve profesyonel ekibi ile sizlere Tiktok takipçi satın alma hizmetide sunmaktadır. Tiktok takipçi satın almak için hemen tıkla: tiktok takipçi satın al

    İnstagram beğeni satın almak için Ravje medya instagram beğeni satın al sayfasına giriş yap, hızlı ve kaliteli instagram beğeni satın al: instagram beğeni satın al

    Youtube izlenme satın al sayfası ile hemen youtube izlenme satın al! Ravje medya kalitesi ile hemen youtube izlenme satın almak için tıklayın: youtube izlenme satın al

    Twitter takipçi satın almak istiyorsan Ravje medya twitter takipçi satın al sayfasına tıkla, Ravje medya güvencesi ile organik twitter takipçi satın al: twitter takipçi satın al

  36. I accept that the schooling framework is obsolete and should stay aware of the occasions. We need to acquaint new fascinating methodologies with learning. For example, different applications or locales. Mobile App Development
    Flutter App Development

  37. I'm 40 years old female I tested genital herpes (HSV1-2) positive in 2016. I was having bad outbreaks. EXTREMELY PAINFUL. I have try different kinds of drugs and treatment by the medical doctors all to know was avail. Six months ago I was desperately online searching for a helpful remedies for genital herpes (HSV1-2) cure, which I come across some helpful remedies on how Dr OYAGU have help so many people in curing genital herpes (HSV1-2) with the help of herbal treatment because I too believe there is someone somewhere in the world who can cure herpes completely. At of the past 2 months, however, I've been following his herpes protocol and it stopped all outbreaks completely! To my greatest surprise I was cured completely by following the protocol of his herbal medicine . Don't be discouraged by the medical doctors. There is a cure for HSV with the help of herbs and roots by a herbalist Dr call Dr OYAGU he is so kind and truthful with his herbal treatment, kindly contact him for more information Via or WhatsApp DR on +2348101755322 or visit his website you will be lucky as I am today

  38. Scale up your business revenue by hiring an Indian Developer to create a mobile application with the industry proven technologies and features and functionalities. If you are still doubtful, then consider the list of best app programmers in India and get the best solution. Hire Indian Developer

  39. Thanks for sharing this article. It is very helpful for us to develop my skills in the right way.
    Ubs inventory Singapore
    Peppol invoicenow Singapore
    Psg grant Singapore

  40. TOTO TOGEL merupakan sekumpulan artikel yang membahas tentang situs togel online terpercaya pilihan bettor togel online terlengkap termasuk prediksi togel setiap hari nya

  41. Great stuff! It's pretty difficult to measure the best mobile app developers. There are many software development companies in the USA, that are worth being included in the list.