Online administration of a reasoning inventory in development

Alexis Olsho, Suzanne White Brahmia, Charlotte Zimmerman, Trevor I. Smith, Philip Eaton, Andrew Boudreaux

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We are developing the Physics Inventory of Quantitative Literacy (PIQL), a new research based assessment (RBA) focused on quantitative reasoning—rather than conceptual understanding—in physics contexts. We rapidly moved administration of the PIQL online in Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We present our experiences with online, unproctored administration of an RBA in development to students enrolled in a large-enrollment, calculus-based, introductory physics course. We describe our attempts to adhere to best practices on a limited time frame, and present a preliminary analysis of the results, comparing results from the online administration to earlier results from in-person, proctored administration. We include discussion of online administration of multiple-choice/multiple-response (MCMR) items, which we use on the instrument as a way to probe multiple facets of student reasoning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhysics Education Research Conference, PERC 2020
EditorsSteven Wolf, Michael Bennett, Brian Frank
PublisherAmerican Association of Physics Teachers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781931024372
StatePublished - 2020
EventPhysics Education Research Conference, PERC 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jul 22 2020Jul 23 2020

Publication series

NamePhysics Education Research Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1539-9028
ISSN (Electronic)2377-2379


ConferencePhysics Education Research Conference, PERC 2020
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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