College of Science

2015 Education Seminar

SEMINAR — 9th Annual Physics and Astronomy Education Seminar

Jun 4, 2015 10:50 AM to Jun 4, 2015 12:00 PM at Building 8, Room 241

Three of the physics and astronomy faculty will be closing out the year’s seminar series with presentations on innovations from their classes.


Homeyra Sadaghiani: How can we help future teachers in SCI 210 to improve their scientific reasoning ability?

Abstract: Research has shown that Lawson test scores do not change much over the course of a single semester or quarter. So what does change Lawson scores? And how can we help our students to improve their reasoning skills?  I have collected Lawson's Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning (LCTSR) data from several SCI 210 classes over the past seven years. I will share how our students are doing in this test and will discuss some factors that might affect their post test scores.


Nina Abramzon with Michael Daugherty-Saunders:   Online integer problems for the calculus-based introductory physics course

Abstract: Integer physics problems are conceptual problems that require the input of an integer as a check for the correctness of the solution. We will present the use of Adobe Presenter to display integer problems in an interactive quiz form.


Ertan Salik: How many midterm exams should we give?

Abstract: In some of the classes I am teaching I have started giving 4 tests a quarter. I find that frequent tests make students study more regularly. In introductory physics classes, I give all these midterms online so no class time is given up. I will talk about various details on frequent test and hope to discuss possible pros and cons with the audience.


10:50 a.m. Refreshments

11:00 a.m. Seminar

Building 8 - Room 241

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