Project-based and Team-based Learning in Introductory Physics

Project-based and Team-based Learning in Introductory Physics

What will tomorrow’s classrooms look like? How is what we are doing today preparing us for the future?

Date

February 21, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Location

Howey

Room

L5

Affiliation

United States Military Academy

What will tomorrow’s classrooms look like? How is what we are doing today preparing us for the future? Project-based learning is skill-based where the skills are life-long. In today's knowledge-centric economy, teamwork is paramount and students in introductory physics classes have diverse abilities and experiences in math and science. Research in team-based learning demonstrates that in the past 20 years, over 99.95% of teams have outperformed their best member by an average of almost 14%; moreover, the worst team typically outperforms the best student in class [1]. How can teams be crafted to maximize productivity and enhance conceptual understanding? What types of projects can be designed and structured to foster conceptual mastery and problem solving in physics? How does one assess the success of these teams and projects? We will actively explore some examples of project-based and team-based learning and offer some strategies for assessing learning outcomes.

[1] Michaelsen, L., & Sweet, M. (2008). The essential elements of team-based learning. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2008(116), 7-27.

*In order to illustrate a few of the team-formation metrics and team-based activities, we kindly ask all colloquia attendees to complete a brief online questionnaire by February 16, 2017, 11:59 PM.

In case the above link does not work, the questionnaire resides at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZD07uImtg88woFcwJKjO-jJn7XY_P...