Well, we made it. The end of the semester is nigh. The only thing standing between our students and their well-deserved holiday break is a week of FINAL EXAM FUN! (I tell my students that I see final exams in the true holiday spirit–“‘Tis better to give than to receive.” But they don’t think it’s nearly as funny as I do.) And of course, after the exams and papers and projects and portfolios are submitted, the only thing that stands between us and our well-deserved holiday break is some hard time in grading jail. We’ve had a fair amount of questions come in about grading in Blackboard, so here is a post from earlier this year that gives a nice overview of the Blackboard grade book and some of the features that can make life a little easier at this time of the year.
On a lighter note, the Mama PhD blog on Inside Higher Ed gives us the lyrics to the smash hit you’ll be humming to yourself all week, “Finals Week is Coming Around.”
For academics giving gifts, and fond of esoteric humanities jokes, here’s a nice overview of the Return Policies of Various Academic Philosophies. “Hobbesianism: A very powerful monarch will decide whether your return is allowed. We all agreed to this, so it’s fair.”
And, also from McSweeney’s: the classic “Generic College Paper,” which I hope none of us have to read this week.
For those of with Core iterations embedded in our courses, here’s a link to the resources for Core assessment [MyView login required]–don’t forget to do your Core assessment before your holiday hiatus!
Remember that the CETL staff is available to assist in either end-of-the-semester issues, or in helping you prepare for the Spring. Call (263-6102), email , or drop by Rasmussen 208 and let us know how we can help you!
Good luck to everyone finishing the semester, and CETL wishes all of you a peaceful and joyous holiday.
The CETL blog will be on holiday hiatus until January.