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[Phys-L] Re: Goals of the Introductory Course

Do students have the maturity to correctly assess the ability of Physics
instructors (beyond gauging their personality, etc.)?

I suggest students be given the surveys five years after they graduate.


What good assessment problems have to avoid is
| being structured exactly like example problems in the
| books--such that memorized algorithms can be used to solve
| them. This takes some effort, but it is not all that
| difficult. Now how well students fare with such questions.......;-(
| Rick

And these are exactly the kinds of problems that tend to earn you low
marks in student opinion surveys

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