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Abstract Title: Using collaborative group exams to measure students’ ability to learn
Abstract: One of our primary learning goals for our students is: we would like them to be able to learn physics on their own. Unfortunately few existing assessments can assess student's ability to learn without being taught. We are developing an exam format which challenges students to work together as a class to tackle a difficult problem that requires them to learn new physics. Rather than restrict their activities, we offer them a resource-rich environment of textbooks and internet access. Students are required to transfer their knowledge by answering a related question on a more standard "individual exam" the next day.  In this poster we will discuss the format of the exams, background theory, and present evidence of how students are able to learn new physics on their own. Our results show that although students struggle at first, they do surprisingly well once they get used to the format.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: David T. Brookes
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 3053480070
and Co-Presenter(s)
Yuhfen Lin, Florida International University