Final Exam Schedules


Final Exam Schedules

Spring 2021 Final Exam Schedule
 
Planning for Final Exams – Spring 2021
 

The following guidance is being provided to assist in planning for final exams in your courses.

In many courses, final examinations are an integral part of the learning and evaluative process. Some courses, by virtue of the structure, material, or style of presentation, do not require a final examination. The following policy in no way requires an instructor to administer a final examination.

IMPORTANT GUIDANCE REGARDING SPRING 2021 FINAL EXAMS:

  • Please note the use of Saturday, May 15, 2021 as a final exam day.
  • Semester Length and Eight Week Two (8W2) course examination day and time assignments are included in the final exam schedule.
  • Examinations are scheduled in the same room the class meets with the exception of special assignments requested by the instructor of the class (assignments to be announced in class).
  • Final Examinations for courses with meeting times of "ARR” should be held during the last class meeting.
  • Preparing your students:
    • Ensure that students have ample notice and clear instructions related to your exam(s).
  1. Inform them of exam settings and policies such as whether the test is timed, possible penalties for working after time expires, how many attempts they have, or whether questions will be automatically or manually graded.
  2. Communicate in advance how you will address exam schedule conflicts, and how students should contact you in the event they experience technical interruptions during test-taking (especially if you are not available). This is to ensure that if issues arise, you can handle them swiftly and fairly.

Fully Online Classes-Synchronous or Mixed

  • These classes can follow the final exam schedule, however, instructors are encouraged to provide a 24-hour window* for these exams, if possible. This is to ease the load on the Blackboard system, minimizing the risk of technical problems for instructors and students.
  • Final exams for online classes cannot be given on the last scheduled class day.

 
Fully Online Classes-Asynchronous

  • Instructors for these classes should establish a predetermined window (minimum 24 hours*) during finals week. This is to ease the load on the Blackboard system, minimizing the risk of technical problems for instructors and students.
  • Final exams for online classes cannot be given on the last scheduled class day.

 
Hybrid Classes

  • Instructors who wish to offer an in-person final should follow the final exam schedule using their in-person meeting pattern.
  • Exams will be held in the classroom that the class is scheduled in throughout the semester.
  • Instructors who wish to offer their final exam online should establish a predetermined window (minimum 24 hours*) during finals week. This is to ease the load on the Blackboard system, minimizing the risk of technical problems for instructors and students.

In-Person Classes

  • In class final exams will be scheduled according to the final exam schedule below.
  • Exams will be held in the classroom that the class is scheduled in throughout the semester.
  • If instructors choose to offer their final exam online, classes should still follow the final exam schedule, however, instructors are encouraged to provide a 24-hour window* for these exams, if possible. This is to ease the load on the Blackboard system, minimizing the risk of technical problems for instructors and students.

 
Synchronous Simulcast Online:

  • The instructor has discretion to offer an online final for both their in-person and online sections.
  • These classes can follow the final exam schedule, however, instructors are encouraged to provide a 24-hour window* for these exams, if possible. This is to ease the load on the Blackboard system, minimizing the risk of technical problems for instructors and students.
  • Final exams for online classes cannot be given on the last scheduled class day.

 Alternating Attendance

  • If your exam will be in-person, please email [email protected] so we may schedule you in an appropriately sized classroom, or a compliment of several classrooms, that can accommodate all registered students. Requests for larger rooms will be accepted via email 4/19/2021-5/7/2021.

Departmental Exams

  • Due to the flexibility of being able to offer exams within a 24-hour window*, there will be no published Departmental Final Exam Schedule for Spring 2021.

 
Alternate to Final Exams

  • While individual faculty members may choose not to give a final exam in a class (e.g., substituting a final paper assignment or presentation), they are not permitted to change the assigned date of a final exam.
  • When assigning a paper or project instead of an exam, it is advisable to make the due date either on the scheduled exam date or by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the final exam schedule.

*24-hour windows:

Wednesday 5/12 Thursday 5/13 Friday 5/14 Saturday 5/15
12:01am-11:59pm 12:01am-11:59pm 12:01am-11:59pm 12:01am-11:59pm

 

Assessing student learning online:

  • Requiring some final assessment and evaluation of student learning is important, but exams aren’t the only option for this. Depending on your class size, you might choose to have students complete an alternative assessment to demonstrate their learning in your course. Faculty are encouraged to seek support from ITLAL early in the semester about design of final assessments.
  • If you do choose to give online exams, please be advised that some students may treat these assessments as open book. The most effective test questions will require students to do higher-order thinking that demonstrates their ability to apply the learning they have done in your course. Faculty are encouraged to seek support from ITLAL and ITS early in the semester to help design and implement effective final assessments.

Attending to academic integrity: