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Abstract Title: Studio Physics at the Colorado School of Mines: Studying the Implementation
Abstract: Over the past year we have converted the second semester of our calculus-based introductory physics course course to a Studio Physics format, starting from a traditional lecture-based format.  This process is taking place in two stages.  First, the curriculum was redistributed to fit our part Studio/part lecture course structure.  Second, and based on the results of a variety of assessments, we continue to refine the course on a semester-by-semester basis.  In this poster, we describe the conversion process from traditional to studio format, discuss the PER-based improvements that we have implemented, and identify areas of interest for further study.  We characterize our progress via several metrics, including pre/post Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism (CSEM) scores, Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) scores, solicited student comments, failure rates, and exam scores.   Initial results are positive:  Despite maintaining course standards, students are less likely to fail and are performing better on certain course tasks.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Patrick B. Kohl
Colorado School of Mines
Department of Physics
1523 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-384-2303
and Co-Presenter(s)
H. Vincent Kuo, Todd G. Ruskell
Colorado School of Mines