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Abstract Title: Radical transformation of an upper division Quantum Mechanics course; pointing to the superiority of a student centered highly interactive engagement
Abstract: A relatively large (N=100) upper level quantum mechanics course was transformed to eliminate pre-prepared lectures and ensure active engagement.  Students would complete a pre-reading assignment and graded pre-reading quiz before each class.  During class they would respond to clicker questions with peer discussion and carry out short (5-10 minute) small group problem solving tasks that introduced new material.  There was regular instructor feedback based on observation of student work and questions, but very little prepared lecturing.   All course activities were designed to address explicit learning goals. We measured student attendance, student engagement, and student performance on quantitative (and conceptual) problem solving. In all categories, students in the transformed course significantly outperformed those in the previous iterations of this course which was taught with conventional lectures.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Louis Deslauriers
University of british Columbia
and Co-Presenter(s)
Louis Deslauriers, UBC, Physics and Astronomy
Kirk W. Madison, UBC Physics and Astronomy
Carl E. Wieman, UBC and CU, Physics departments