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Physics Seminar

Engaging students in authentic scietific practices in physics lab courses

Speaker: Prof. Heather Lewandowski (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Date: Wednesday 25 November 2020
Time: 15:00
Venue: Zoom

Modeling, which includes developing, testing, and refining models, is a central activity in physics. Modeling is most fully represented in the laboratory where measurements of real phenomena intersect with theoretical models, leading to refinement of models and experimental apparatus. However, experimental physicists use models in complex ways and the process is often not made explicit in physics laboratory courses. We have developed a framework to describe the modeling process in physics laboratory activities. The framework has guided our course transformations, research into student leaning, and our assessment of student outcomes. I will present the framework, how we use it to transform our lab courses, and a new scalable assessment used to measure students’ modeling ability.