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Abstract Title: Students’ and Instructor’s Impressions of Ill-structured Capstone Projects in an Advanced Electronics Lab
Abstract: During the spring 2010 six students enrolled in an electronics advanced lab worked in pairs on ill-structured capstone projects. They designed electronic circuitry to automate experiments that were completed in a previous advanced physics lab. Some ill-structured features of these capstone projects included open-ended goals, limited guidance from the instructor and the possibility of multiple solution paths. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with both the students and the instructor of the class, before and after the students worked on these ill-structured capstone projects to gauge the participants' expectations of the projects before they began and their views about these projects after they were completed. We report on the pre- and post-project impressions of the students and instructors regarding this ill-structured learning experience and the insights it provides us for future implementations of such projects.

This work is supported by NSF grant # DUE-0736897.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Nasser Juma
Department of Physics, Kansas State University
116 Cardwell Hall
Manhattan, KS 66502
and Co-Presenter(s)
1. Elizabeth Gire, Kansas State University
2. Kristan Corwin, Kansas State University
3. Brian Washburn, Kansas State University
4. N. Sanjay Rebello, Kansas State University