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Abstract Title: Developing and assessing an online version of the PET curriculum
Abstract: Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET) is an inquiry-based, hands-on, conceptual physics curriculum that was developed for small enrollment discussion/lab settings. Recently, a version of PET was developed for classes with larger enrollments. Both curricula were developed using research-based design principles, including an understanding of learning as a complex process that builds on prior knowledge, and is facilitated through behavioral norms and interactions with tools and peers. This paper describes the initial development and assessment of a fully online, asynchronous course based on PET. We describe the conversion from a face-to-face to online format and how the research-based design principles translated across instructional modes. We find particular challenges with fostering substantive interactions among students, which we attribute to the course's asynchronous nature rather than its online mode per se. Gains on a multiple-choice conceptual assessment were similar to those of students in a face-to-face comparison course.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

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California State University San Marcos
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