Announcing Upcoming Workshops



Physics Instructors who want to learn more about Workshop Physics (and related curricular and computer tools) should consider taking one or more of the upcoming workshops.

Workshops at the Summer AAPT Meeting 2012 in Philadelphia PA

Saturday or Sunday, July 28 or 29, 2012 (TBA)
New RTP and ILD Tools and Curricula: Video Analysis, Clickers and E & M Labs
David Sokoloff, University of Oregon
Ronald Thornton, Tufts University
Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College

RealTime Physics (RTP) and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs) have been available for over 15 years--so what's new? The just released Third Edition of RTP includes five new labs on basic electricity and magnetism in Module 3 as well a new approaches to projectile motion in Module 1. Some of these new labs make use of video analysis. Also new are clicker-based ILDs. This hands-on workshop is designed for those who want to make effective use of active learning with computer-based tools in their introductory courses. These active learning approaches for lectures, labs, and recitations (tutorials) are based on physics education research PER). Participants will work with new activities as well as original ones. The following will be distributed: Modules from the Third Edition of RTP, the ILD book, the Physics with Video Analysis book and CD, and Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite by E.F. Redish. Partially supported by the National Science Foundation.

Link: http://aapt.org/Conferences/sm2012/workshops.cfm

Date and Time TBA:
Interactive Lecture Demonstrations--Physics Suite Materials that Enhance Learning in Lecture
David Sokoloff, University of Oregon
Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College
Ronald Thornton, Tufts University

The results of physics education research and the availability of microcomputer-based tools have led to the development of the activity-based Physics Suite. Most of the Suite materials are designed for hands-on learning, for example student-oriented laboratory curricula like RealTime Physics. One reason for the success of these materials is that they encourage students to take an active part in their learning. This interactive session will demonstrate--through active audience participationé Suite materials designed to promote active learning in lecture--Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs). The demonstrations will be drawn from energy, heat and thermodynamics, oscillations and waves, electricity and magnetism, light and optics. Results of studies on the effectiveness of this approach will be presented. This session should be of special interest to teachers of large lecture classes as well as those who teach small classes where only one computer is available.

For more information, contact David Sokoloff. No pre-registration required. For more information on location, go to the AAPT Web-Site.

Saturday or Sunday, July 28 or 29, 2012 (TBA)
Advanced Video Analysis
Aaron Titus, High Point University
Bob Teese, Rochester Institute of Technology
Pat Cooney, Millersville University
Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College
Maxine Willis, Dickinson College

More details will follow.

Link: http://aapt.org/Conferences/sm2012/workshops.cfm


Chautauqua Short Course

June 22-24, 2012 in Portland, OR
Research-Based Active Learning in Introductory Physics

NEW: Including RealTime Physics 3rd Edition, Clicker Interactive Lecture Demos and Video Analysis

Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College
David Sokoloff, University of Oregon
Ronald Thornton, Tufts University
This hands-on course is designed for those interested in making learning in their introductory course more active either within a traditional course structure (lectures, labs, and recitation hours), or by re-structuring their course (e.g., into a workshop or studio course).

Participants will be introduced to physics education research-validated strategies for each component of the introductory course such as Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), RealTime Physics (RTP) labs, Activity Based Tutorials, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Workshop Physics along with strategies for analytic mathematical modeling. Some recent developments include the new electricity and magnetism labs in the 3rd Ed. of RTP, ILDs using personal response systems (clickers), and interactive video analysis. The tools and software accompanying these active learning strategies are available for both Macintosh and Windows computers.

Results of studies on the effectiveness of these curricula will also be discussed. Participants will receive complimentary copies of the active learning curricula, along with Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite, a comprehensive book by E.F. Redish (University of Maryland) on strategies for implementing physics education research-based curricula. (The curricula are also available in a more convenient form for high school use on the Activity-Based High School CD.) Physics topics will be chosen from both semesters of the introductory physics course.


For more information and to register, visit the Chautaqua website at http://www.calchautauqua.net, or contact:

David Sokoloff
Department of Physics
1274 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1274
E-mail: sokoloff@uoregon.edu
Phone: (541) 346-4755
Fax: (541) 346-5861