Evangeline S Pianfetti

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Use of Computer Adaptive Testing in the Service of Learning

TRANSFORMATIONS:
RESEARCH & TEACHING IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Department of Educational Psychology, & Ubiquitous Learning Institute
Use of Computer Adaptive Testing in the Service of Learning

Dr. José P. Mestre

Wednesday ~ March 7, 2012 ~ 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Room 10 Education

OVERVIEW

In this “work-in-progress” talk, Dr. José Mestre will discuss a project that combines assessment (adaptive testing), physics education research, and research into students’ inability to predict their level of performance to design a diagnostic tool that identifies students’ weaknesses prior to taking physics exams. The research team then use the diagnostic information generated from the tool to evaluate several interventions aimed at improving problem solving performance in those areas in which students are weak.

 PRESENTER

Dr. José P. Mestre is Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Professor of Physics and Educational Psychology. Since earning his Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics in 1979, his research has focused on the learning of physics, making many pioneering contributions in areas such as the acquisition and use of knowledge by experts and novices, transfer of learning, and problem solving. He is a co-developer of Minds-On Physics, an activity-based high school physics curriculum that is heavily informed by learning research.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and he has published numerous research and review articles on science learning and teaching and has co-authored or co-edited 18 books.

Live stream: http://fss.education.illinois.edu/transformations/

For more information: http://education.illinois.edu/edpsy/transformations/

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