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Abstract Title: Faculty and Undergraduate Student Perspectives on Evaluation in Upper-Division Courses
Abstract: Physics education research (PER) has been making progress in providing research-based instructional techniques and tools to help assess the complex learning goals associated with a mature understanding of physics. We conducted semi-structured interviews with faculty members and students entering a quantum mechanics course (QMC) in the Physics & Astronomy Department of Georgia State University. The interviews examine perspectives on what types of evaluation are most appropriate for an upper-division course. The types of evaluation discussed are multiple choice questions, short answer questions, traditional written problems, student presentations, and one-on-one oral exams. A post-course survey was offered to the students that took the QMC  that semester and those who completed the course in recent history. We present the data associated with multiple choice questions and oral exams.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Christopher Oakley
Georgia State University
29 Peachtree Center Avenue
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-413-6056
and Co-Presenter(s)
Brian D. Thoms at Georgia State University