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Abstract Title: Developing a Competency Based Introductory College Physics Curriculum for Non-Physics Majors
Abstract: The discipline of physics integrates skills in understanding and using the laws of nature. Cross-cutting skills include abstraction, modeling, critical thinking, and communication. Context specific skills include applied mathematics and experimental skills like gathering accurate data. These skills are trans-disciplinary and are useful outside the domain of physics. Standard practices of physics instruction do not intentionally monitor or evaluate these skills. This undermines the relevance and value of physics to the learners.

Using a competency-based learning experience model, the skills (competencies) are clearly defined and evaluated. Learners aim to achieve competencies throughout the learning process. The achieved competencies are reported to an external evaluator as artifacts toward competency badges. This approach to learning encourages learners to take ownership of the process. Also, it communicates directly with the learner about the values of a particular learning experience, and, with an external evaluator of the values of a learner.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ajith Rajapaksha
Purdue University, Purdue Polytechnic Instititute, Transdisciplinary Studies
401 N. Grant St.
West Lafayatte, IN 47907
Phone: 765 337 5983
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jeffrey John Evans
Andrew Hirsch