UNESCO’s Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP) is a program designed to strengthen the learning environment for students in developing countries by training teachers in a 5-day hands-on, minds-on, intensive workshop. ALOP workshops provide teachers with an update on introductory optics and photonics, and active learning teaching strategies that have been demonstrated to be more effective than traditional instruction.

Since 2004, there have been 37 ALOP workshops. These workshops have included over 1,100 teachers from more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. There have also been several follow-up workshops to train trainers for future workshops in their countries, by giving them the opportunity to work as assistant facilitators. This international award-winning program is designed to empower teachers to educate their students effectively using locally available resources. ALOP workshops are facilitated by an internationally recognized team of experts in optics and education.

ALOP Links:

SPIE Education Award to ALOP Team

AAPT Interactions article on ALOP

Physics Teacher article on ALOP

Photonics article on ALOP

ALOP Photo Gallery

ALOP Flyer download

ALOP Training Manual download

Requirements to host an ALOP workshop

Application for an ALOP workshop

For more information on ALOP, please

contact Joe Niemela, ALOP Director:

niemela@ictp.it