University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics Education Seminar

Friday, February 20th 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Miranda Pihlaja, University of Minnesota
Subject: College in Schools: The benefits, drawbacks, and challenges of implementation for physics

This talk will compare several college-credit programs available
to high school students including CIS, AP, IB, and PSEO. I will highlight
the benefits of the CIS program and discuss the challenges to
implementation. The benefits of the CIS program include high school
students being able to take courses in their school, not having the credit
based on one test at the end of the year, and receiving credit for a UMN
course instead of just elective credits. Challenges to implementation
include teacher selection, number of teachers in a cohort, establishing
essential and non-essential components of the courses, and teacher
evaluations. The two physics courses available through the CIS program are
PHYS1101W and PSTL1163.

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