We sincerely regret that because of the current uncertainties about the coronavirus and COVID-19, we must cancel the July 12-14 Short Course. Please check back here for future announcements.


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 12-14, 2020 Portland, Oregon

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. 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 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 15 is $195.)


* Up to three graduate credits from the University of Oregon will be available for an additional $100/credit.



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