Home Adapted ILDs
Here you will find information on adaptations of Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs) to promote active learning of physics concepts for students working at home. These might be used as active learning components of an online introductory physics course.
(1) I have adapted a subset of our Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs) to a form that can be easily used by students at home. I am using pictures, videos and displays that I have along with easily available simulations to substitute for hands-on experiments. Unfortunately, I do not have access to my lab, so I must use media that I already have, as well as some of the wonderful Physlet and PhET simulations that are available for use. I have retained the important component of having students make predictions before their observations. Since it may not be easy for many of us to incorporate small group or class discussions online, I have compromised the ILD protocol. You will need to impress your students with the importance of them really making predictions before they proceed with observations. If you are able to use chat rooms, or other means of promoting small group discussions, feel free to incorporate that into your use of these ILDs.
I would very much appreciate hearing feedback from you on your experiences with these Home Adapted ILDs. Please at least let me know if you are using them. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) If you have access to demonstration equipment and can present demonstrations online to your students you can download the entire Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILD) book published by Wiley by clicking here. You have permission to use any of the 28 sets of interactive demonstrations with your students and distribute the Prediction and Results sheets as you wish. You can download Word files of these sheets by clicking here. If you are not familiar with ILDs, first read the ILD book's introduction.
(3) Of course, the efficacy of the ILDs in this Home Adapted form has not been research-validated. If you have the possibility of doing some pre and post-testing, please let me know.,
I will add more Home Adapted ILDs on topics like Heat and Temperature soon.
13. RC Circuits
14. Magnetic Forces
18. Polarized Light
24. Specific Heat
25. Phase Change
26. Heat Engine
(4) Labs: If you are looking for a distance-learning introductory laboratory possibility, take a look at IOLab RTP Active Distance Learning Labs.