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Abstract Title: Affordances of Small White Board Questions(SWBQ) for Increasing Interactivity in Upper-Division Physics
Abstract: The PER community has developed and studied many tools designed to increase interactive engagement in physics classrooms (e.g., Peer Instruction, tutorials, collaborative group problem solving, etc.). We present a narrative analysis of using Small White Board Questions (SWBQs) to achieve active engagement. The instructor used a sequence of SWBQs to help the students induce the full Hamiltonian for a hydrogen atom by starting from their knowledge of the Hamiltonian for a 1D particle-in-a-box. We highlight two affordances of this type of sequence: allowing students to build their understanding of a complex system starting from a simple question and providing for increased instructor responsiveness to students' ideas and questions.

* Supported by NSF DUE 1023120
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Novela Auparay
Oregon State University
Weniger 301, Department of Physics
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-1695
Fax: 541-737-1683
and Co-Presenter(s)
Emily van Zee, Mary Bridget Kustusch, Corinne A. Manogue
Department of Physics, Oregon State University