Colloquium

Experiments in Teaching Physics

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 2:30 PM
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Colloquium
Experiments in Teaching Physics

Joanne O'Meara
Dept of Physics, University of Guelph

Jan 19, 2018 at 2:30pm in WMC3260

Synopsis

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, and requiring all physics majors to take a course on communicating science to non-technical audiences. The seminar will also include a discussion of what we have learned along the way, as well as plans for the future.