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Abstract Title: Using Clickers in Upper-division Physics Courses: What do Students Think?
Abstract: A growing number of faculty are using clicker questions and peer instruction in introductory physics courses at institutions across the US; however, this approach is rarely used in upper-division physics courses. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, an increasing number of faculty are incorporating clicker questions in upper-division courses – clickers have been used 24 times in 10 different upper-division courses by 14 different faculty. Here, we report on the results of a survey administered to over 250 students in 12 classes. We find that 79% of the students recommend using clickers in upper-division courses.  In all classes, a majority of students favor clickers and there are few negative responses. We also analyze students' responses as to why and how clickers support their learning, and report on how students recommend that faculty implement clickers in their courses (e.g. 2-5 questions interspersed with lecture). For upper-division clicker questions see http://www.colorado.edu/physics/EducationIssues/cts/index.htm.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Katherine Perkins
University of Colorado at Boulder
UCB 390
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 303-492-6714
and Co-Presenter(s)
Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado, Stephanie.Chasteen -at- colorado.edu

Michael Dubson, University of Colorado, Michael.Dubson -at- colorado.edu

Steven Pollock, University of Colorado, Steven.Pollock -at- colorado.edu

Chandra Turpen, University of Colorado, Chandra.Turpen -at- colorado.edu