"Physics Problem Solving: Customizable Computer Coaches for Physics Online (C3PO)", Friday, February 30, 12:00pm, MH 629

 

Qing Ryan, Cal. Poly. Pomona

 
ABSTRACT: Problem solving skill is highly valued by employers and educators. Since introductory physics is a pre-requisite for nearly all science and engineering majors, it is an ideal gateway to teach problem solving. In this talk, I will introduce a set of computer programs that were developed to help students become better problem solvers by coaching them in the use of an expert-like framework. There are three parts to this talk: Pedagogical design of the computer coaches, Assessments, and Next generation coaches. These computer coaches are assessed from following aspects: Usage and usability, Usefulness perceived by students, and Educational impact on problem solving.