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1 SOCIAL Physics: Galen T. Pickett, Thomas Gredig, Zvonimir Hlousek, Chuhee Kwon, James Kisiel CSU Long Beach, Physics and Astronomy

2 Outline Motivation Engineering a curriculum: F2F Engineering a curriculum: Online Teamwork: Social Homework Online Laboratory: Authentic STEM CO Redesign Project Conclusion

3 Motivation CSU Long Beach – 36,000 students, many first-generation, low-income – STEM Gateway for Long Beach – 90,000 applied for 5,000 spots.

4 CSU Long Beach Physics 11 TT Faculty 3-year average, 18 undergrad degrees / 12 MS degrees UD gateway course APS – Minority Bridge Program – PhysTEC Legacy Site

5 Motivation for Physics Important to get it right! – Better careers for students – Special skills, better problems Existence and justification. – Recruit physics majors from introductory physics – Double majors – If we don’t, who will? We have a successful course F2F … export it.

6 Existing Course Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Mechanics) Not a “bottleneck” … an “accelerant”.

7 Engineering a Curriculum Matter and Interactions Physics the way physicists do it Formal reasoning Derive results, then apply Physical Problem Solving Momentum / Energy / L

8 Engineering a Pedagogy Large lecture format: Hall of Science I>Clicker Cooperative Interactive Engaging

9 Honors Sections Support high performing students SCALE-UP classrooms, both 151 and 152 Long Beach Register, 2/5/14

10 Engineering Student Support Learning Assistants “Undergrad TA’s”

11 …but… Homework should be teaching physics 36% of exam performance “explained” by homework (correlations, per student) Strengthen correlation exam homework?

12 Koondis.com Zvonimir Hlousek, Thomas Gredig …and me. CO incubation project.

13 Social Homework / Koondis.com Async / Groups / Roles / Rotation / Any Content Social Media overlay / “like” “thanks”

14 Instructor Workflow Assign groups automatically (10 min, presemester) Rotate “roles” week to week – Custom: Director, Investigator, Executive, Skeptic Assign problem to group (5 min) Grading posts, likes, thanks -> grades (5 min) 600 students in 10 courses now (lower / upper division, lecture, laboratory)

15 Instructor Feedback

16 Teamwork: Social Homework Asynchronous teams (Kisiel NARST 2013)

17 Grades and SHW (Kisiel)

18 Accidental Experiment Spring 2012 –> Spring 2013, add SHW Correlations … significant at p<10^(-4) Homework (finally) helps exam performance.

19 Mechanisms? Grit: Duckworth … “how is failure dealt with” Normalizing and metacognition – Everyone sees everyone’s work – Everyone is good at something – Best students struggle Praise … “like” “thanks” Overlapping, reinforcing effects PER research project … why does this work?

20 Fully Online Mechanics Same Homework as Brick-and-Mortar Social Homework to support problem solving Social Homework: collaborate in experiment design Social Homework: portion of exams “GLUE”

21 Laboratory: Authentic STEM Social Homework Groups Design Experiments “Tracker” used to perform measurements Experiments independently verified / groups Groups decide / construct their own meaning Ph.D. – level scientist required to judge

22 Online Laboratory 3-week cycle: – Propose experiment (in group), RFP – Experiment performed – Results confirmed Requires a Professor – by design 60 seats so far, 100 in Spring 2015 Three sections worth of capacity relieved (24 lab sections now, M-F 7am-10pm)

23 CSU CO Redesign Project “Social Homework” is a “Proven Practice” Fall 2014, redesign courses to use tool Run course with Koondis in Spring 3 units (at replacement rate, or $$$) Department chairs will approve “RFP”. This year, CO pays all student fees ($35 / student) … ANYONE in CSU who adopts.

24 Conclusion Social Homework: MOOC Glue Social Homework: Experiment as Social Activity Students depend on each other CourseCraft: positive interdependence Gerry Hanley, Asst. Chancellor


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