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Abstract Title: Lightning changes amist Covid-19: A case study of how a large research institute moved physics classes and labs online and its impact on students and
Abstract: The rapid spread of COVID-19 this spring abruptly halted normal everyday student and teacher experiences across the United States and the world. In addition to forcing classes online at many universities, the impact of the virus posed a number of external pressures for students as they struggled to complete their semester. We seek to bring light to those pressures through the lens of their physics coursework. In this case study, we looked at these impacts on three student subpopulations: beginning undergraduate students (n=13), advanced undergraduates (n=10), and graduate student TAs (n=8) Results of an end of semester survey revealed that decreased motivation had a large impact on student work for all subgroups. We found that advanced students had the largest increase in stress levels related to coursework graduate TA's struggled with supporting students. We discuss nuances and implications of instruction for next year.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: 2.D5

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alia Hamdan
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
and Co-Presenter(s)
Sanlyn Buxner, University of Arizona