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Comparing Students, Individual and Group Work in an Electronics Lab
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 1:45 PM -1:55 PM
  Author: Nasser Juma, Kansas State University
  Co-Author(s): N. Sanjay Rebello , Kristan L. Corwin , Brian R. Washburn
  Abstract: We observed students as they worked on lab experiments in an upper-division electronics and instrumentation laboratory course. In the first half of the course the students learned about various analog and digital electronic components through mini-lectures and laboratory activities. They built various electronic circuits using their knowledge of these electronic components. In the second half of the course students teamed up to work on an open-ended capstone project that required them to use their knowledge of electronics learned in the first half of the course to improve the measurements done on a physics experiment they have worked on in a previous semester. As a group, the students thought of ideas to improve the measurement design and then built circuitry to implement this improved design. We describe findings from this study and highlight how the students' group work during the capstone project compares with their individual work before the capstone project.
  Footnotes: This work is supported in part by NSF grant DUE-0736897.
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