Events Mini Calendar

Go to previous month Go to next month
  S M T W R F S
W14 29 30 31 1 2 3 4
W15 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
W16 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
W17 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
W18 26 27 28 29 30 1 2

Today is:
Tue, Aug 4, 2020

MSU Events Calendar

 Choose Calendar view:   Day   Week   Month     Search   Filter

Measuring Physics Understanding on Time Scales from Milliseconds to Months  (Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)

Andrew Heckler from The Ohio State University will lead a seminar on "Measuring physics understanding on time scales from milliseconds to months."

How and why does student understanding of physics change with time? When simple physics questions are posed to students, not only does this result in interesting patterns of answers, but answering patterns also vary over a wide range of timescales. Such patterns provide important insight into the nature of student learning and understanding as well as the effects of instruction. In this talk, I will discuss introductory physics student performance on two time scales. First, how do student responses evolve over the term of a physics course? By randomly sampling different students throughout the term, we have found clear patterns of rapid learning, forgetting, and interference between related topics. Furthermore, these changes have been found to correspond only to relevant homework assignments rather than relevant lectures or midterms. Second, what can be learned from measuring student response times? On the scale of hundreds to thousands of milliseconds, there are clear patterns of response times that coincide with response choices. For example, on simple physics multiple choice tasks, students will often choose the response that is most rapidly processed, even at the expense of accuracy. These results suggest that performance on these physics questions is strongly influenced by automatic implicit cognitive processes that are independent of explicit physics knowledge.

more information...

Location: 1400 BPS [map]
Price: free
Sponsor: public
Contact: CREATE for STEM
email pic