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Abstract Title: Assessing the Effectiveness of the Upper-Division Physics Advanced Laboratory Course
Abstract: While much work has been done assessing lower-division undergraduate physics courses, there is a dearth of work in upper-division courses.  This study was performed to begin this process in an upper-division advanced laboratory course at the Colorado School of Mines.  A Global Concept Assessment (GCA) was developed and then administered at the beginning and end of the semester to assess student retention of important course concepts.  Additionally, short "mini-quizzes" were developed for each lab and then administered either directly before or directly after that day's lab to investigate whether previewing or reviewing lab content resulted in more effective learning as measured by the GCA.  Results indicate that the lab course is effective at teaching target concepts to a high degree of statistical certainty with negligible differences between preview and review effects.
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Primary Contact: David Schuster
Colorado School of Mines
1523 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-273-3101
and Co-Presenter(s)
Vince Kuo, Colorado School of Mines
Lawrence Wiencke, Colorado School of Mines