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Abstract Title: Developing a Comprehensive, Multifaceted Assessment for Laboratory Courses
Abstract: As an alternative to traditional teaching laboratories in an introductory mechanics course, we are developing laboratories incorporating both portable equipment kits used extramurally and real-time TA monitoring via electronic conferencing software.  Faculty surveys and literature reviews have identified several important elements of the laboratory experience.  These include: i) reinforcing content knowledge; ii) gaining research and measurement techniques; iii) solidifying understanding of experimental design, and iv) improving student confidence and attitude.  To ascertain whether the labs being created achieve the pedagogical aims of a teaching laboratory, we are designing a multifaceted assessment instrument examining each of these elements.  Once completed and validated, this instrument will serve as a comprehensive laboratory assessment tool that can provide an important function in the development of novel laboratory practices.  The poster presents the current status of the project and the assessment instrument and also outlines upcoming plans.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: William Sams
North Carolina State University
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Michael Paesler, Cliff Chafin, Robert Beichner
North Carolina State University Physics
Brad Mehlenbacher
North Carolina State University Leadership, Policy, and Adult & Higher Education