Getting a group of instructors together to grade can be difficult, but it seems to be worth the hassle. Continue reading Buy the pizza, have the grading party
The GRE: great at acting as a barrier to underrepresented groups, not so good as a predictor of completing graduate school. Continue reading The GRE: what is it good for?
Students are often unfamiliar with sizes and distances of astronomical objects. Today’s study compares student knowledge about this topic at different educational levels. Continue reading How far is far? Investigating students’ knowledge about distance to astronomical objects
Labs have been a standard part of the physics curriculum. Today’s paper suggests that labs don’t help students develop physics knowledge beyond what is already covered in other parts of the course. Continue reading Extra! Extra! Physics labs seem to be extra.
There is only so much class time during a semester which may make it difficult to incorporate research based assessments. Can we just give them online? Continue reading Paper or Pla– Electronic For Conceptual Inventories
Student evaluations of instruction are widely used to evaluate instructors. Today’s article suggests these are not correlated with student learning. Continue reading The lack of a relation between student learning and student evaluations
Normalized gain, g, has been the standard statistic in PER for the past two decades, but its statistical properties haven’t been explored until recently. Continue reading To use g or not to use g? That is the question.
Arguably one of the most significant papers in physics education, this paper gave strong evidence in favor of active learning over traditional lecture courses. Continue reading The Original Case for Active Learning
Lecture courses have been extensively studied but lab courses have not been. Are students developing the beliefs we would expect them to in lab courses? Continue reading What do students think about experimental physics?
Math is essential to solving physics problems. Does improving students’ math skills help them do better in physics? Continue reading Can Math Tutorials Improve Physics Grades?