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Abstract Title: Re-thinking the Rubric for Grading the CUE. The Superposition Principle
Abstract: While introductory electricity and magnetism (E&M) has been investigated for decades, research at the upper-division is relatively new. University of Colorado has developed the Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics (CUE) Diagnostic to test students' understanding of the content of the first semester of an upper-division E&M course. While the CUE covers many learning goals in an appropriate manner, we believe the rubric for the CUE is particularly aligned to the topics and methods of teaching at the University of Colorado. We suggest that changes to the rubric would allow for better assessment of a wider range of teaching schemes. As an example, we highlight one problem from the CUE involving the superposition principle. Using data from both Oregon State University and the University of Colorado, we discuss the limitations of the current rubric, propose a revised rubric, compare results using the two rubrics, and discuss the implications for assessing students' understanding.

Supported by NSF DUE 1023120.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Justyna P. Zwolak
Oregon State University
Department of Physics
Weniger Hall 301
Corvallis, OR 97331
and Co-Presenter(s)
Mary Bridget Kustusch, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR, 97331
Corinne A. Manogue, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR, 97331

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