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Abstract Title: Creating Sustainable Change in Upper-Division Laboratory Courses at a Large Research University
Abstract: Courses at a large research university are often taught by a large number of faculty members. This can present a challenge when transforming courses because a large number of faculty have to buy in to the transformed course structure. We highlight the steps we took to create widespread faculty support for significant transformations of the senior-level advanced lab course at the University of Colorado-Boulder. The process began with observations of the original course, followed by the development of consensus learning goals, renovation of the space, purchasing new equipment, redesigning curriculum, and finally assessing student learning. We demonstrate how physics education researchers can form a constructive relationship with the faculty to combine the expertise of traditional faculty with a research-based approach to create sustainable positive change to an upper-division laboratory course.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Heather Lewandowski
University of Colorado
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Benjamin Zwickl