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  Session: Introductory Courses
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Successes & Challenges in Transitioning to Large Enrollment NEXUS/Physics IPLS Labs
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 5:20PM
  Author: Kimberly A. Moore,, University of Maryland,
(240)413-8663, 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. We have collected a wealth of data (surveys, video analysis, etc.) that enables us to get a sense of the students’ responses to this curriculum in a large-enrollment environment and with teaching assistants both ‘new to' and 'experienced in' the labs. In this talk, we will provide a brief overview of what we have learned via student perception then and now using a variety of comparisons of our large-enrollment results to the results from our pilot study. We will close with a discussion of the acculturation of teaching assistants to this novel environment and suggestions for sustainability.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT 2017 Talk_7-24-2017.pdf

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