Hunter Professors Rethink Their Finals

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HUNTER COLLEGE — Michael Gitlin sat in his son’s bedroom in upstate New York teaching his class via Blackboard Collaborator when a student asked about the final exam.  “Good question,” said Gitlin. “Well it is not going to be the original exam that I had planned.”  

Gitlin, a film professor at Hunter College, had an easy time transitioning from physical classes to seeing his students through a computer screen. The biggest change for him and for some other professors, was changing the intensity of his final exam. Gitlin cut his original test nearly in half: what was once a 50 questions exam with a mixture of short written responses and multiple choice questions turned into a 30-question quiz.