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Abstract Title: Development of a Rubric for Improved Understanding of IPLS Curricula
Abstract: In recent years, an increasing focus has been placed on the students, instruction and curriculum of Introductory Physics for Life Sciences courses (IPLS). A course that focuses on biomedically relevant content and questions was created at Portland State University (PSU). The primary objective of this research is to assess the impact this course had on student attitudes toward learning physics, and their understanding of biomedical applications and physics concepts. These goals are similar to the aims of other IPLS reforms around the country. However, these reform efforts lack unifying assessments to determine the extent to which the curricula have been modified to include authentic biologically relevant content. Toward that end, we are developing a rubric to categorize, analyze and compare the questions that were being presented to students in the IPLS course at PSU. The goal is that the utility of these categories will extend beyond their use in this single IPLS course and may be beneficial across multiple (if not all) IPLS courses.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B12
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Warren Christensen
North Dakota State University
513 9th Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102
Phone: 3193892697
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kimberly Austin, Florida International University
Jordan Brainard, North Dakota State University
Elliot Mylott, University of Portland
Ralf Widenhorn, Portland State University