IOP Satellite Meeting on Higher Education

Theory of Complex Matter

On Wednesday August 18th 2021 Dr Matthew Booth and myself attended a short IOP Higher Education Group Meeting on “What is Meaningful Assessment in Physics?” which was a satellite meeting of the larger education conference ViCEPHEC21 .

The meeting was very exciting, with discussions ranging from the role of timed examinations and avoiding collusion in a time of Covid, to the clarity of assessments and novel ways of engaging students.

We were given the opportunity to present our ideas about assessment writing strategies to bypass misconceptions.

In short, misconceptions are usually defined as deeply rooted beliefs which contradict expected ‘scientific facts’ in a learning or assessment environment (if you would like to ‘diagnose’ yourself there is a website for it from the IOP). For 30 years the strategy has been to identify these beliefs and try to replace them with ‘correct ones’.

For better or worse this strategy does not…

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About Fabien Paillusson

I am a theoretical and computational physicist. I am an Associate Professor in the School of Maths and Physics at the University of Lincoln. My interests lie in the modelling of complex matter, ranging from biological systems to powders, and in the foundations of physics.

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