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Abstract Title: Redesigning and restructuring classroom assessments to reflect a new set of learning goals
Abstract: There is a growing concern in the PER community that physics students should learn more than just physics concepts. Several research-based curricula have been designed to help students develop those higher-level thinking skills, which are not easily assessable by existing assessment instruments. In order to motivate students to focus more on those new learning goals, we need to make the classroom assessments more aligned with the new learning objectives. By restructuring the grading of homework and exams, and redesigning the type of questions given, we were able to convince students to be self-motivated learners rather than superficial grade chasers. At the same time, the new assessment format was able to provide the instructor timely feedback on the effectiveness of his instruction.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Yuhfen Lin
Florida International University
8941 SW 142 Ave Apt 225
Miami, FL 33186
and Co-Presenter(s)
David T. Brookes
Florida International University