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The point of coursework

5 February 2012

Derek Thomson

A well designed coursework exercise should act as a framework to stimulate and direct the student’s independent study.  It should reward them for discovering things and forming connections not laid out to them by their tutor.  Indeed, at higher levels of study the student is fully expected to counter the tutor’s position.

Yet, having just wrapped up the latest batch of coursework marking, it’s thoroughly disappointing to see students fail to have the confidence to tell themselves things they did not already know; to question what was presented in the class and extend or challenge it.  This has always been somewhat of a challenge in the modern era of the strategic (or, worse, surface) learner, but it seems particularly prominent in the work I’m seeing at the moment.  Time to reconsider how tasks are set, I think.