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Abstract Title: Transforming upper-division E&M: Approaches, assessments and outcomes
Abstract: The University of Colorado at Boulder is involved in a systematic program of upper-division course transformations in the context of Electromagnetism I and II. Starting from faculty consensus learning goals, we are developing a suite of research-based materials to engage students in lecture settings, along with a variety of assessment tools at both topical and course levels to investigate student learning and course outcomes. We summarize our ongoing efforts, including preliminary results from our new course-level electrodynamics assessment, and a redesigned multiple-choice version of our electrostatics assessment. We also present early results from an analytical framework on student use of mathematics in these E&M courses which helps us characterize and organize common difficulties.  We provide a sampling of materials now freely available on our online dissemination site, and outline ongoing challenges both in terms of student learning, and sustainability of course transformations.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Helping students acquire functional knowledge in upper-level physics courses

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Steven Pollock
University of Colorado, Boulder
and Co-Presenter(s)
Charles Baily, University of Colorado, Boulder
Bethany Wilcox, University of Colorado, Boulder
Marcos Caballero, University of Colorado, Boulder