Created by Dr. Diane Thompson, NVCC, ELI
Exam 2 will ask you to write an essay: "Classroom
vs. Distance Learning--Which is Better for You?" You will write this
essay for a person you know who is thinking about going back to college and
wondering if distance learning would be appropriate, or if he/she would be
happier in a classroom. You should draw on your own experiences as well as
your knowledge of the needs and problems being dealt with by the person you
are writing this for.
Diary and Plan Sheet will be the
basis for your essay. The essay itself MUST address the person
described in the plan sheet and must deal with his/her specific issues as well
as your own experiences with distance learning. The easiest way to write the essay would be as a letter addressed to the person you
analyze in the plan sheet.
You will make a copy of the Observation
Diary and Plan Sheet and send it to
Diane Thompson as an email. Do not
attach it; just do a copy/paste. I do not open email attachments. You
may bring your own copy of the Observation Diary and Plan Sheet to the
Wait for my response to this planning
material before going to take the exam. I will not accept the essay
exam UNLESS you
have already submitted the planning materials to me and received my
response to them along with your grade for the planning material.
Your essay should be at least 500 words long; it may be
longer. Bring the following to the Testing Center of your choice:
|Your Exam Pass (see left menu on
Blackboard Forums page) and a photo ID
|Your emplid (student ID
|A copy of your approved plan sheet
for the essay
|Hacker for grammar reference (optional)
|A College Dictionary (optional)
You will write this essay in the
Testing Center on a word processor and then copy/paste it to a Blackboard
testing site message box.
There is no time limit, so go to the Testing Center
early enough to allow yourself plenty of time. You may use a dictionary or
your English Handbook. Your plan for the exam will be collected and sent to
me; you will not get it back.
I will email your grade to you with my comments on your exam. Allow about
one week for turnaround. You will not receive the exam back.
You must pass both Exam 2 and Exam 3 with a grade of
60% or better in order to pass the course.
Exam 2 Grading Criteria:
|Planning worksheet graded
and approved before you take the exam.
|Responds to all elements of
|Both diary and planning
worksheet are fully developed
|Addresses a specific person
with specific needs and interests
|Uses your own experiences
with both distance and classroom learning to support your assertions
|Gives equal consideration
to distance and classroom learning; explains the positive and negative
aspects of each
|Has a coherent plan of organization
|Makes very clear why you
think one or the other sort of learning would suit the person you are
writing this for
|Takes into consideration
the needs and likes/dislikes of the person you are writing this for
|Uses concrete examples to support its ideas
|Uses consistent, appropriate style
|Uses correct, college-level Standard Written
Exam 2 can be worth up to 100 points. I
will not accept the essay exam UNLESS you have already submitted the planning
materials to me and received my response to them along with your
You must successfully
complete all your work through Unit 2 (including Exam 2) in order to remain in the course
beyond the W
date. That means the work must be posted (one piece at a time, and wait for my
grade before posting the next), and accepted and graded by me.
(c) Diane Thompson:11/7/1998; updated: