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Hsu receives NSF grant for creating computer problem-solving coaches

Leon HsuLeon Hsu, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning and Ken Heller, professor in physics, received a $310,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science (TUES) program to continue their work developing computer programs that provide students with individualized coaching in solving problems in introductory physics.

The goal of the project is to provide students with on-demand guidance and feedback as they practice the decision-making processes critical to effective problem-solving. This grant supports further development and testing of the coaches, prototypes of which have thus far been met with enthusiasm by students.

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