Innovations in First-year Curriculum:
4th Miniconference

17–19 May 2004
Ohio State University
The Blackwell

Concept Inventories and their Potential Impact on Curriculum Design

Rick Freuler and John Merrill
Ohio State University

Monday, May 17
1:30–4:30 p.m.
Preconference Workshop:
Building and Using a Concept Inventory

Cosponsors: Miniconference committee and the Office of Faculty and TA Development at Ohio State University
Presenters: Jeff Froyd (Texas A&M University) and Andrew Heckler (Ohio State University)
Science and engineering faculty members understand that learners must construct deep conceptual understanding in order to explain phenomena, solve problems, and design solutions. Likewise, conceptual understanding, misconceptions, and conceptual change have been subjects of intense study in cognitive science and education. One type of assessment instrument, a concept inventory, has proven to be an important step in helping learners and teachers to understand the nature and resilience of misconceptions, as well as in illustrating the types of instruction that might be effective in repairing misconceptions. Workshop participants will explore the nature of conceptual understanding and misconceptions and the process of constructing a concept inventory using the experience of others who have constructed similar instruments. Current research results will be examined. Participants are also asked to bring samples of misconceptions they have encountered in working with students.

4:00–7:00 p.m.
2d floor, by Ballroom A
The Blackwell

Evening Reception
Appetizers provided

The Blackwell

Tuesday, May 18
8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Ballroom A, The Blackwell
Working sessions

Group Dinner
Off site

Wednesday, May 19
8:00 a.m.—Noon
Ballroom A, The Blackwell
Working sessions


Miniconference ends

Participants should make presentations about their institutions' curricula and program innovations. You can e-mail your topic to .

Conference organizers intend to give participants opportunities to interact with a wide group of staff and faculty members. They are making plans for 40 attendees.

On-line Registration: No registration fee
Please go through on-line registration to select the meals and events you plan to attend. Meals and lodging expenses will be paid by the miniconference hosts. Participants will be responsible for their transportation and incidental expenses.

Lodging: May 2 deadline
Participants should book lodging directly with the Blackwell Hotel (phone 614.427.4003). Identify your affiliation as the Office of Continuing Education, College of Engineering Program. Twenty-two rooms are reserved for the nights of May 17 and 18. More rooms may be released as they become available. An adjacent Holiday Inn will serve as a backup. The group rate at the Blackwell Hotel is $119 per night until May 2. After that, the rate becomes $149 per night, and participants will be responsible for the difference.

Additional information about The Blackwell hotel is available at

The conference facility, The Blackwell, is owned and operated by Ohio State University's College of Business and is directly across from the College of Engineering.


For information

E-mail at Ohio State University.



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