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    Hello All:

    Like many of you, I teach an undergraduate biomechanics course that is
    generally considered to be the most difficult in our department. Despite
    that difficulty, my student evaluations are generally positive. Even so, I
    wish that I had a more objective measure of my teaching performance.

    Those of you who teach undergraduate biomechanics courses: What would you
    think about establishing standardized exit exams for undergraduate
    biomechanics courses? My initial thought is to have one exam for courses
    with a physics pre requisite and another for courses without. They could be
    given as the final exam. We could write standard exams or create a bank of
    questions from which to make up exams (like those offered with some text
    books). If we, the biomechanics community, were to establish such a set of
    exams, we would have an objective measure of our performance to take to our
    tenure and promotion committee (my pass rate is xx% which compares well
    with the ISB average of xx%). Also, the students might receive some sort of
    certificate (level one or level two depending on prerequisites) if they
    pass. Of course, the material presented in the class could go well beyond
    that required to pass the exit exam but the exit exam would show a basic
    level of competency.

    Please share any thoughts or reactions to this idea and I will post a
    summary next week.


    Jim Martin

    James C. Martin, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    The University of Utah
    Department of Exercise and Sport Science
    The Neuromuscular Function Lab
    250 S. 1850 E. Rm. 241
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0920
    Voice 801-587-7704
    Lab 801-581-5430
    Fax 801-585-3992

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