Randi Rotjan (G’07), an alum of the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is a marine biologist blogging for the New England Aquarium’s Global Explorers Blog. Rotjan is currently a professor of Northeastern University’s Three Seas Program in Panama, where she researches the interface between ecology, symbiosis and behavior.
In a recent post entitled “Pencils…Down!,” Rotjan explains how her marine biology students in Panama take exams. She writes:
Taking a test is not typically a fun experience. Stress. Anxiety. GRADES.
But in any class experience, test-taking is a necessary assessment of knowledge and here in Bocas del Toro, we have a different approach. A FUN approach! We feel that the best way to test fish knowledge is… to go where the fish are. Have you ever taken an underwater exam before? For us, the easiest way to learn our fish identification is to take our pencils… down!