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Abstract Title: Designing and Refining Physics for Biologists: The Scaling Up Process
Abstract: Biology majors at the University of Maryland are required to take courses in biology, chemistry, and physics -- but they often see these courses as disconnected. Over the past three years the NEXUS/Physics course has been working to develop an interdisciplinary learning environment that bridges the disciplinary domains of biology and physics. Across the three years we have gone from teaching in a small class with one instructor to teaching in a large lecture hall with multiple instructors. In this presentation we will review quantitative analyses examining the effectiveness of this learning environment over multiple iterations. We will examine learning outcomes across the years including the ways that the students see the disciplines of physics and biology as related to each other. We will also explore the ways that the changing course norms during the scaling up process may have interacted with these student outcomes.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Vashti Sawtelle
University of Maryland, College Park
082 Regents Drive
John S. Toll Physics Building
College Park, MD 20742-4111
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Benjamin W. Dreyfus, University of Maryland, College Park
Benjamin D. Geller, University of Maryland, College Park
Edward F. Redish, University of Maryland, College Park
Julia Svoboda Gouvea, University of California, Davis
Chandra Turpen, University of Maryland, College Park