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Wed 10:30 AM

Graduate Workshop: Undergraduate Lab Reports -- Grading and Improving Student Learning

When: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM  

Where: 627 Dartmouth Place, Searle Center Library, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Student

Contact: Tom Popelka   1.847.491.3106

Group: Searle Graduate Events

Category: Academic

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Undergraduate Lab Reports: Grading and Improving Student Learning
Facilitator: Jennifer Hobbs
When: Wed 1/23, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Searle Library

The structure of undergraduate lab reports can vary tremendously among departments and course-level.  Regardless of specific structure, all lab reports should help students learn to organize, analyze, and present their data, and use this data to draw conclusions and support claims, explain their scientific understanding clearly in words, and reflect on their experimentation.  As TAs, grading lab reports can be laborious, and time constraints make it difficult to provide students with opportunities to learn from and improve on their mistakes.  In this workshop we will explore ways to improve speed and efficiency in grading these reports while providing students with adequate feedback and means of improving their learning in the process.

Jennifer Hobbs is a fifth year graduate student in the Physics department doing computational and behavioral research on the neuromechanics of the rat whisker system.  She is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow and Teaching Consultant and has previously served as a Graduate Teaching Mentor (2011-2012) and TA Fellow (2009, 2010, 2011) through the Searle Center.  Jennifer has been a TA for a number of the introductory physics courses (Physics 125-3, Physics 130-1,2,3, Physics 135-2,3) as both a discussion and laboratory TA and was an HHMI Teaching Fellow for the NuViBE program in 2011-2012, helping to redesign the Bio210 sequence. 


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