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Abstract Title: Using computational essays to support student agency in physics
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Abstract: Computation holds great potential for enabling students to engage in creative, exploratory, and investigative scientific coursework. At the University of Oslo, Norway, we have been exploring this potential through the development and testing of a new teaching tool known as a computational essay. After using computational essays across several semesters of a large-enrollment electricity and magnetism course, we have found that they can serve a key role in supporting students as they engage in open-ended, inquiry-based, disciplinarily-authentic coursework. In this talk, I will describe how we are conceptualizing student creativity and agency in physics and how we use computational essays to support these qualities in our teaching.
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II
Room: Pantlind Ballroom
Parallel Session: Physics education research in the Nordic countries

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Tor Ole Bigton Odden
University of Oslo, Norway