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Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses

David Sokoloff and Ronald Thornton will once again conduct a three-day workshop for college, university, and high-school physics instructors. The event takes place on June 19–21, 2018 at the Vernier office in Beaverton, Oregon.

Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning—June 19–21, 2018, Beaverton, Oregon

Designed for instructors of introductory physics at universities, colleges, and high schools.

Instructors: David Sokoloff, University of Oregon and Ronald Thornton, Tufts University

This hands-on course is designed to make learning in introductory courses more active, using research-validated, classroom-tested strategies that have been shown to improve learning. Graduate credit will be available through the University of Oregon.*

Participants will be introduced to research-validated, classroom-tested strategies for each component of the introductory course. These include Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), RealTime Physics (RTP) labs, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Workshop Physics (WP), Physics with Video Analysis (PVA), and related online video analysis exercises. The course will also include the use of video analysis to identify analytic functions describing real data. Some of the more recent developments are (1) 3rd ed. RTP E & M labs using video analysis, (2) ILDs using clickers, (3) online homework using Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs), and (4) distance learning and in-class labs using the self-contained, wireless IOLab (or other wireless data acquisition devices). Topics will be chosen from both semesters of introductory physics. Research on the effectiveness of these strategies will also be discussed.

The tools and software used in these active learning curricula are compatible with Windows and macOS as well as with the popular interfaces and sensors. Participants will receive complimentary printed copies of the curricula (published by Wiley and Vernier, and also available for high school use as the ABP High School E-dition). 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, will also be distributed.

The course fee is $225. Early bird registration, until April 15, 2018, is $195. Because of the need to purchase and print materials, there will be no refunds of the course fee after May 15.

* Up to three graduate credits from the University of Oregon will be available for an additional $90/credit.

For more information and to register: http://pages.uoregon.edu/sokoloff/CHAUT.htm

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