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Abstract Title: User-centered personas for PhysPort
Abstract: PhysPort is a professional development website for physics faculty to develop their teaching through research-based resources.  As part of PhysPort's ongoing research and development efforts, we conducted interviews with 23 physics faculty drawn from diverse instructional and institutional contexts in the US. From our interviews, we sought common experiences, motivations, and pain points to develop personas -- person-like constructs -- of physics faculty in the US. Our research focuses on the perspectives of the key users of our site, and thus we take a faculty-centered perspective rather than a researcher-centered perspective.  In this poster, we present our set of physics faculty personas: a faculty member who is new to improving his teaching; one who takes up her department's practices; one who wants his teaching to feel good; one who is comfortable in her teaching; one who is continuously improving; and one who solves big problems in her department.  Notably, the stereotype of a "traditional" faculty member who is hostile to student-centered teaching was not supported by our data.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B94
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Adrian M. Madsen
American Association of Physics Teachers
1100 Chokecherry Lane
Longmont, CO 80503
Phone: 9703104276
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eleanor C. Sayre, Sarah B. McKagan, Linda E. Strubbe