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Abstract Title: Prelecture Questions and Conceptual Testing in Undergraduate Condensed Matter Courses
Abstract: Prelecture questions have long been used in a variety of courses within STEM to motivate prelecture reading and to help class time be used more efficiently. It is difficult to incorporate prelecture questions into many advanced topics courses and to determine their effectiveness, due to the necessary content knowledge within specialized areas, and due to the small number of students enrolled in these courses. Here, we report on the implementation of a set of approximately 80 prelecture questions over two years of instruction in a special topics course in condensed matter physics. We report qualitatively on student feedback on utility of prelecture questions and on the type of follow-up questions students came up with. We report quantitatively on student difficulties with different prelecture questions and on their improvement on a survey of condensed matter concepts given at the beginning and end of the course.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Christopher D. Porter
The Ohio State University
191 W Woodruff Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 900-5554
and Co-Presenter(s)
A. Bogdan, Seton Hill University
A. Heckler, The Ohio State University

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