PULSE Survey Response Brainstorming
8 months ago by
Two areas in which I think we clearly differ from our peer institutions are:
- Use of AIs and discussion sections. My impression is that most of our peer institutions have relatively small (say 20-40 students) AI-led discussion sections for at least Calculus I-III, differential equations, and matrix algebra. Our students have far less support and fewer contact hours as a result.
- Testing. In my experience, it is typical for a lower-division course to have two 1-hour midterms and a 2-hour final exam. I've never seen anything like what we do, which is three 2-hour midterms and a 2-hour final exam. I think this is an excessive amount of testing, and it imposes a burden on instructors, students, proctors, and graders. This sheer volume of testing is one of the reasons we have to offer multiple-choice exams, which also separates us from our peer institutions.
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