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  Session: Physics Education Research
  Paper Type: Poster
  Title: Student Perception of NEXUS/Physics IPLS Labs--TA Retention Implications
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 8:30PM
  Author: Kimberly A. Moore,, University of Maryland,
(240)413-9663, MoorePhysics@gmail.com
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: UMd-PERG’s NEXUS/Physics for Life Sciences laboratory curriculum, piloted in 2012-2013 in small test classes, has been implemented in large-enrollment environments at UMD from 2013-present. These labs address physical issues at biological scales using microscopy, image and video analysis, electrophoresis, and spectroscopy in an open, non-protocol-driven environment. This curriculum exposes students and TAs to new physics concepts pertinent to biological scales and contexts, new pedagogical approaches to student learning, and new technology for data acquisition and analysis. We have had over 50 TAs and over 1500 students complete these labs and this course. In this poster, we will provide a brief overview of what we have learned via student perception. We will discussion the acculturation of teaching assistants to this novel environment and make suggestions for sustainability. Primarily, we make a case for the importance of TA retention in the quality--and the student perception of quality--of the learning environment.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT Poster_7-2017_Student Perception of NEXUS-Physics IPLS Labs--TA Retention Implications.pdf

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