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  Session: Effective Practices in Educational Technology
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Project Accelerate: Blended SPOC Bringing AP Physics to Underserved Students
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 2:00PM
  Author: Mark D. Greenman,, Boston University,
617-358-6729, greenman@bu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Boston University is in the second year of a pilot program, Project Accelerate, partnering with 11 high schools in Massachusetts and West Virginia to bring a College Board approved Advanced Placement┬« Physics Small Private Online Course to schools not offering this opportunity to students. Project Accelerate students (1) outperformed peer groups in traditional AP Physics classrooms on the College Board AP Physics exam, and (2) were more inclined to engage in additional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs than they were prior to participating in Project Accelerate. Project Accelerate combines supportive infrastructures from the students' traditional school, a highly interactive private edX online course and small group laboratory experiences. Project Accelerate offers a replicable solution to a significant problem of too few underserved high school students having access to high quality physics education, resulting in these students being ill prepared to enter STEM careers and STEM programs in college.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT 2017 Proj. Accelerate Presentation Greenman.pptx

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