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Name: Promoting Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses with Research Based Curricula and Tools
School/Institution: Chautauqua Short Course
Department/Unit: Dickinson College, University of Oregon, Tufts University, and Vernier Software & Technology
City: Portland (Beaverton)
State: OR
Opportunity Type: Other Opportunity
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This hands-on course is designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools that are interested in making learning in their introductory course more active either within a traditional course structure (lectures, labs, and recitation hours), or by re-structuring their course (e.g., into a workshop or studio course).

Participants will be introduced to physics education research-based strategies for each component of the introductory course such as Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), Web and Clicker-Based ILDs, RealTime Physics labs, Activity Based Tutorials, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, and Workshop Physics along with strategies for analytic modeling and interactive video analysis. The tools and software accompanying these active learning strategies are available for both Macintosh and Windows computers.

Results of studies on the effectiveness of these curricula will also be discussed. Participants will receive complimentary copies of the active learning curricula, along with 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. (The curricula are also available in a more convenient form for high school use on the Activity-Based High School CD.) Physics topics will be chosen from both semesters of the introductory physics course.

Audience: All College and High School Teachers of Introductory Physics are Invited to Attend

Organizers: Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College, David Sokoloff, University of Oregon, and Ronald Thornton, Tufts University

Cost: There is a $75 Application Fee and a $125 Course Fee. Additional cost for graduate credit.

Location: The course will be held at Vernier Software & Technology in Beaverton, OR, approximately 10 miles west of downtown Portland.

Lodging: The weekend of June 11-13 is Rose Festival weekend, and hotels will be at a premium. We RECOMMEND that you make your reservations EARLY.

Deadline: Registration preference by May 15. After that, as space permits.
Start Date: 06/11/2011
End Date: 06/13/2011
Application Deadline: 05/15/2011
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Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: *Up to two hours of graduate credit are available from the University of Oregon. Credit will be in PHYS 608 Workshop: Physics Pedagogy. You can earn 1 credit for attending the course and writing a brief curriculum plan and 1 additional credit for writing a more detailed curriculum plan. The additional cost is $70/credit. You will register and pay the $70 or $140 tuition when you are at the course. Please do not send these fees to CSUDH along with your registration and course fee.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: David Sokoloff
Department of Physics
1274 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1274
Phone: (541) 346-4755
Fax: (541) 346-5861