All college, university and high school teachers* of Introductory Physics are invited to attend:

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

Special Short Course July 29-31, 2017, Portland, Oregon

Priscilla Laws    Dickinson College

David Sokoloff   University of Oregon

Ronald Thornton   Tufts University


Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools, this hands-on course is designed for those wanting to make learning in their introductory courses more active, using research-validated, classroom-tested strategies that have been demonstrated to improve learning.


Participants will be introduced to strategies for each component of the introductory course such as 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 recent developments are (1) new 3rd ed. RTP E & M labs using video analysis, (2) ILDs using clickers, and (3) online homework using Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs). 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 $200. (Early Bird fee is $180 until May 15.)


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


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