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Abstract Title: Using internet based computer coaches for introductory physics problem-solving
Abstract: The Physics Education Group at the University of Minnesota has been constructing web-based programs that can provide introductory physics students with coaching in the use of an expert-like framework in solving problems. During the Fall 2011 semester, the coaches were introduced into a large (200+ students) section of the introductory mechanics course at the University of Minnesota to assess their usability and gauge students' opinions on using them, and also to conduct a pilot study on their educational impact. In this paper, we present results from that implementation, using a problem-solving rubric to analyze students' written solutions to problems on mid-semester quizzes and the final exam. The rubric evaluates a student's problem-solving performance along five axes based on expert-novice problem solving research. Other diagnostic results such as the FCI and CLASS survey will also be included to give a more comprehensive picture of the educational impact of the coaches.
Footnote: This work was supported by NSF DUE-0715615.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Qing Xu
University of Minnesota-- Twin Cities
116 church street, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 6128682563
and Co-Presenter(s)
Leon Hsu, Ken Heller, University of Minnesota-- Twin Cities
Bijaya Aryal-- University of Minnesota--Rochester