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  Session: Technology for Teaching Advanced Physics
  Paper Type: Poster
  Title: Using Technology To Assess and Disseminate Curricular Innovation
  Location: Washington 2
  Time: 11:00AM - 12:48PM
  Author: Tevian Dray, Department of Mathematics
(541) 737-5159, tevian@math.oregonstate.edu
  Co-Author(s): Corinne A. Manogue, Emily van Zee
  Abstract: The web provides a flexible new mechanism for assessing and disseminating curricular innovations. Wikis add to this structure a mechanism for encouraging and quickly incorporating feedback from students, instructors, and the public. The Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University uses wikis in all of the following ways. Our text materials exploit the connectedness of the web to provide multiple paths through curricular material that address the needs of courses with different content (or structure) as well as the needs of students of different abilities. We have developed a framework that permits the generation of both online and printed text materials, containing extensive mathematics, from a single source. Our wikis also provide an open-source mechanism, which includes video analysis, for disseminating specific active engagement materials and pedagogical strategies. These materials are easily linked to national electronic libraries such as NSDL and ComPADRE.
  Footnotes: Sponsored by Corinne Manogue. This work was supported in part by NSF grant DUE-0618877. The Paradigms in Physics wiki can be found at http://physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki.

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