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Assessing Learning Beyond Content
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 6:00 PM -6:45 PM
  Author: Gina Merys, Creighton University
402-280-3918, gmm89957@creighton.edu
  Co-Author(s): Jay Leighter , Theresa Edmonds , Michael Cherney
  Abstract: Introductory undergraduate education in physics frequently involves large classroom instruction and the assessment of student learning using content- and skill-based tests. This is not the case in certain other disciplines. (It is also not the case in workshop-type courses or in physics research experiences.) The development of an interdisciplinary program in Energy Studies created the need for non-traditional evaluation techniques that could be used in a project-based curriculum. These assessment methods draw on the best practices in English, Communication Studies, Engineering and Physics. The methods developed have applicability to the measurement of life-long learning skills, teamwork skills, and innovation ability as well as for the assessment of content knowledge and problem solving skills.
  Footnotes: This work is supported by the United States Department of Energy. Sponsored by Michael Cherney.
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