Why I did open book tests for software
Real life, as opposed to school, is open book. When I first started using software, my boss didn't expect me to memorize a bunch of stuff and then forget it. He expected me to do the job. And that meant being able to find the answers, whether in a book, or a help menu, or on Google, which I do a lot of nowadays.
The good news is that for my students who understood this, they went on to create some great artwork and great websites using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Dreamweaver. And these people have gone on to success after success. I know because many of them are still here in the valley, and connected to me with LinkedIn.
The bad news is that the people who expected the *memorize, recite, forget* thing never quite caught on. I tried to encourage as best I could, but they just didn't like me for not playing the game fair.
Posted by Brad Hall