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  Session: Other Papers
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Serving Our Students, Measuring Learning Instead of Teaching*
  Meeting: 2016 Summer Meeting: Sacremento, California
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:10AM
  Author: Gay B. Stewart, West Virginia University
4794452402, gbstewart@mail.wvu.edu
  Co-Author(s): John C. Stewart
  Abstract: How do we know if we are doing a good job in a physics course or program? Quantitative measures can seem impractical with small numbers of majors. Introducing innovative classroom techniques is not a guarantee of learning. Yet, there are concrete (if somewhat time consuming) measures that can allow us to improve our programs and demonstrate to our administrations that we are being effective. This sort of assessment can be very valuable in securing resources at your institution. The types of data every department should be keeping and how it impacts program development will be discussed.
  Footnotes: *This work was partially supported as a part of a number of NSF-funded projects.
  Presentation: Gay Stewart's contributed 2016 talk-DK05.pdf

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