I also prefer coursework. I don't think exams are are true way to evaluate someone's skills.
I voted coursework for exactly the same reasons as you, Nedzad.I have claims for each side, but I prefer more coursework. In my opinion it's more objective to monitor individual progress in certain period of time, than in one exam. In coursework you really can see if someone is making a progress and if he/she is into it, you have better feedback. Exams are not great tools of knowledge measuring, you can have bad day, you can cheat, grades are purely subjective in one way or another.
So did I, LDK, and also for one further reason: I am a retired teacher and as such, I always found coursework far more satisfying. Of course you can fine-tune exams to diminish their arbitrariness, and there is a subjective component in coursework assessment too. However, overall, coursework grading gives you a view of learners' progresses on a longer stretch of time.I voted coursework for exactly the same reasons as you, Nedzad.
@Ankit Khandelwal raised great question in our interview. With success rate in many MOOCs is around 7-8% of the people registered, what is your opinion on it?
My view is;
Most of the courses are free, so people enroll don't feel obligated to finish it, because they don't pay for it.
Bad time management is my second argument for not finishing course.
What are your views, on this topic?
Lord Kelvin of UK said 100 years ago :
" If you cannot Express a phenomena with numbers and measure it, that means you do not know anything about it . "
So we have to measure how much we have learned , we have to measure it and Express it with numbers. Today only measurement is exams . Is it good enough. No. But there is no better way yet .
"" .....NOT a full and complete and truthful depiction of all that is real and good and valid . "Lord Kelvin is a reductionist. Numbers and numerical description are tools, techniques and frameworks. They are not reality or knowledge or the only means of understanding. They do not fully describe what is real or good or valid. If you want a world without ethics or aesthetics, then Lord Kelvin's statement can underlie your entire modus operandi. But for me, I say "no thank you." Please note that I agree that numbers and numerical proofs have their place in the creation and verification of knowledge and learning. But number systems and mathematics are NOT a full and complete and truthful depiction of all that is real and good and valid. Claiming that numerical evidence alone provides knowledge is a vastly impoverished view of learning, experiencing and knowing.
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