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Addressing common concerns about concept inventories

by Adrian Madsen, Sam McKagan and Eleanor Sayre
Concept inventories are useful for assessing the effectiveness of your teaching, but as you use them, concerns and questions often come up. Here we discuss some common concerns about using concept inventories and related research that addresses these concerns.

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assessment, concept inventories

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How can I design (or find) a good group activity for physics students?


by Joshua Von Korff, Georgia State University
I want to give my students something to work on in groups, but what should they work on? I know that researchers have created many physics activities, but I don't know what I'm looking for. What does a good activity look like? OR, I'm really excited about inventing my own labs or worksheets to give students, but I don't know how to design an activity.

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teaching, active learning, cooperative groups

How can I teach a graduate class on the basics of physics education research?


by Sam McKagan, PhysPort Director
Several leaders in physics education research (PER) have put together "Intro to PER" courses for graduate students and advanced undergraduates. If you are teaching a course like this, this collection of course websites and syllabi contains lots of good ideas for what to do in your course.

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physics education research

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