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Independent Workshops

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Below is our list of independent workshops utilizing Vernier technology. If you plan on having a workshop featuring Vernier equipment, please let us know and we will advertise it here.

Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning

Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools. Graduate credit will be available through the University of Oregon.*

July 15-17, 2019, Portland, Oregon
Instructors: David Sokoloff, University of Oregon and Ronald Thornton, Tufts University

Participants will be introduced to research-validated, classroom-tested strategies for each component of the introductory course that have been demonstrated to improve learning. 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. Among other 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 Macintosh and Windows OS, and 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 May 1 is $195.)

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

Important Note: This is a non-commercial course/workshop on physics pedagogy and the use of computer-based tools to enhance the learning of introductory physics. Computer-based tools of the major manufacturers and distributers are supported by the curricula explored in the course. Vernier Software & Technology has been gracious in allowing us to hold the course in their workshop facility in Beaverton, Oregon, and in handling online registration for the course. Credit registration is through the University of Oregon.



Online registration form


David Sokoloff
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Phone: 541-221-6543
Fax: 541-346-5861

Modeling Workshops for 2019

Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program and a Promising Educational Technology program by the U.S. Department of Education. Modeling Workshops™ are peer-led. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning. Models and theories are the purpose and the outcomes of scientific practices. They are tools for engineering design and problem solving. Thus, modeling guides all other practices.

Each Modeling Workshop has these features:

  • Aligned with National Science Education Standards
  • Focuses on all 8 scientific practices of NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.
  • Addresses multiple learning styles.
  • Addresses student naive conceptions.
  • Collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.
  • Systems, models, modeling.
  • Coherent curriculum framework, but not a curriculum; thus flexible.
  • Compatible with Socratic methods, project-based instruction, etc.
  • Science & math literacy.
  • Authentic assessments.
  • High-tech and low-tech options for labs

This summer, Modeling Workshops™ are hosted in physics, chemistry, biology, physical science, middle school science, a few one-week long Intro to Modeling sessions and the inaugural Astronomy Modeling Workshop.

Physics Modeling Workshops™
Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia
Chemistry Modeling Workshops™
Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia
Biology Modeling Workshops™
Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Texas
Middle school/Physical Science Modeling Workshops™
Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts and Ohio
Curriculum Development



Wendy Hehemann
Modeling Workshop and Outreach Coordinator
American Modeling Teachers Association

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