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  Session: Lecture/Classroom
  Paper Type: Poster
  Title: Two-Stage Exams: An Effective Learning Tool?
  Meeting: 2016 Winter Meeting: New Orleans, Louisiana
  Location: N/A
  Time: 8:45AM
  Author: Kristi D. Concannon, King's College
570-582-3096, kristiconcannon@kings.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The process of peer instruction is crucial in helping students to identify and confront their misconceptions and to critically apply the fundamental principles learned in lecture to different and more complex situations. In most cases, though, peer learning ends at exam time. I have recently begun implementing two-stage exams in my courses under the premise that learning can and should take place throughout the entire semester, not just in compartmentalized chunks; hence, exams can both be an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned and an opportunity for students to continue to increase their understanding of the course material. In this poster, I will examine the effectiveness of the two-stage exam process for two populations: students enrolled in a physics for the life sciences course and students enrolled in a general education course.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Concannon-AAPTWN16.pdf

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