Friday Fun: Students Blame Innovative Incentive Program for Tricking Them into Learning

Jun 04 2010 Published by under friday fun

What can I say, The Cronk is my new Internet crush. I think I might be stalking them. But in a good way.

In any case, check this out: Students Blame Innovative Incentive Program for Tricking Them into Learning

Psychology professor Edgar Stevens is a popular topic of conversation at Farmington College today as he has become the center of an unusual campus debate. Stevens, a recent recipient of the Farmington Innovative Teaching Citation, inspired heated conversation at the recent Student Government Association (SGA) meeting as a result of an assignment in his second-tier psychology course.

Stevens assigned an online exam last week with the intent, as he told his students, to give them another major exam that counted for double the points in response to what he told them were dismal scores on the first two exams.

Weeks of preparation allowed students to prepare, and when the big exam day came the stress was palpable. Awash with fear of the difficult exam, students visited the link for the test and they instead found a link to a Rick Astley video of the song "Never Gonna Give You Up" and an explanation that they had just been "Rick Rolled."

3 responses so far

  • Leah Wescott says:

    Our motto at the Cronk is "Stalking is the highest form of flattery." We hope we can reciprocate properly. Thanks for the kudos. We are quite fond of the mighty Science Librarian.

  • uqbar says:

    The professor lied to his students. This cannot be a good thing.

  • Passerby says:

    Thanks for introducing me to the Cronk! My fav article is 'Myers Briggs Support Groups Formed on Campus'.

    'We implemented staff sabbaticals for our I staff members to give them a break. One of our most popular destinations for our 6-week sabbatical is the university library.'

    ROTFL! I thought I was the only one who found regular visits to the campus Science and Engineering Library to have that vacation-like feeling, a much-needed break from faculty office-hours stress.

    "Students would never think of looking for me there!".

    Yeah, tell me you haven't had one of these socially-hyper time-wasters in your department:

    'These support groups and sabbaticals have caught the attention of offices across campus, and departments like Financial Aid and the Office of Technology have considered setting up support networks for Es (extroverts) in their offices.

    “They just need an outlet that many of us in this office are unable to provide for them. They are active and outgoing from nine to five and they just pop from cubicle to cubicle asking us about what we did last night, and our plans are for the weekend..".

    Wry humor, indeed!

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