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  Session: Introductory Courses II
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: How Do We Motivate Students to Study the Text?
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 1:00PM
  Author: Brad R. Trees, Ohio Wesleyan University
740-368-3779, brtrees@owu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: As physics instructors, we often bemoan the tendency for students to read the text only as a means to an end--namely, solving assigned end-of-chapter problems. How can we motivate students to study the text before jumping headfirst into homework problems? This talk discusses an effort to provide a framework within which students interact with dynamic content in a digital-only format. The framework is based upon a series of short-answer conceptual questions that are posed to the student as new material is introduced. Instructors can assign these questions, which are graded online, as part of a reading assignment before class. The results can be stored electronically and made available to instructors to inform class preparation. Over the course of a chapter, students will, in effect, have constructed an assessment portfolio based on the results of these conceptual questions.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Trees-aapt-summer-2014v3.pdf

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