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Abstract Title: Evaluation of Purdue’s Reformed Engineering Mechanics Course
Abstract: Purdue University's IMPACT  program facilitates the transformation of large enrollment courses by incorporating interactive engagement methods in to the course. As participants in this program, the researchers reformed Purdue's Fall 2012 introductory calculus-based mechanics course, Phys 172: Modern Mechanics, by developing a series of Multimedia Learning Modules (MLM's) for use with the Matter and Interaction text .  In addition, the one-hour weekly recitations were redesigned to enhance students' problem solving skills by utilizing cooperative group problem solving.  Finally, the two-hour weekly labs were partially redesigned to enhance students' computational modeling skills.  To evaluate the effectiveness of this reformed course, data analysis included student pre-test/ post-test results from Lawson's Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning, Primary Trait Analysis of student exams and student responses to an anonymous survey.  This poster presents results of this evaluation, as well as suggestions for continued improvement.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Andrew S Hirsch
Department of Physics, Purdue University
525 Northwestern Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2036
Phone: 765-494-2218
Fax: 765-494-0706
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kyle Isch, Department of Physics, Purdue University
Jignesh Mehta, Department of Physics, Purdue University
Ethan Stanley,Department of Physics, Purdue University
Rebecca Lindell, Department of Physics, Purdue University