Write Your Own Final Exam

Tyler Cowen is a professor of economics at George Mason University and general Renaissance man (seriously, read his blog--he's interested in everything). Alex Tabarrok, also a professor at GMU, shares this fascinating story:

Tyler [Cowen] once walked into class the day of the final exam and he said. “Here is the exam. Write your own questions. Write your own answers. Harder questions and better answers get more points.” Then he walked out.

Would you like to have an exam like this?

Link -via Kottke | Photo: Mercatus Center

At my alma mater, Miami University (Ohio), there was a professor who did a very similar thing. His exams were very difficult and he would allow the students to write their own final exam. The students had to come up with the questions and answers and were graded on difficulty and originality. I did not take any of his classes, but I think if the student's final exam was rejected, they had to take the professor's.
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