Seminar: Experiments in Teaching Physics

Event Details

  • Speaker(s): Joanne O'Meara
  • Date:
  • Time: 2:30 PM
  • Location: SSC 1511

Abstract

Over the past decade we have made many changes to our undergraduate physics offerings at Guelph, for majors and non-majors alike. Our goal throughout has been to implement best practices from the Physics Education Research community, in such a way that we are mindful of resource implications. I will highlight some of the more significant changes we have made, such as designing and delivering an integrated course in first year that combines physics and calculus in a coordinated way, introducing gaming elements into our online course content for non-majors, employing peer instruction and interactive lecture demonstrations in lecture sections of all sizes, incorporating just-in-time teaching to upper-level courses, and requiring all physics majors to take a course that focuses on communicating science to non-specialist audiences. The seminar will include a brief overview of the variety of methods of research-based active-learning instruction in physics documented in the literature, with relevant resources provided for individual follow-up for those interested.