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Mathematical Sensemaking as Seeking Coherence between Calculations and Concepts: Instruction and Assessments for Introductory PhysicsMar 13 2019What kind of problem-solving instruction can help students apply what they have learned to solve the new and unfamiliar problems they will encounter in the future? We propose that mathematical sensemaking, the practice of seeking coherence between formal ... More
A framework for the natures of negativity in introductory physicsMar 09 2019Mathematical reasoning skills are a desired outcome of many introductory physics courses, particularly calculus-based physics courses. Positive and negative quantities are ubiquitous in physics, and the sign carries important and varied meanings. Novices ... More
"Perché il mare è blu?": una rivisitazione in chiave pedagogica ("Why is the sea blue": a pedagogical review)Mar 09 2019Popularized explanations of the color of the sea often prove to be incomplete or oversimplified, and hence inadequate to become acquainted with the phenomenon in its whole. In this paper, after a historical review of the investigations on the subject ... More
Using the LifeGrid Interview Technique in Science Education ResearchMar 06 2019Qualitative interviewing is an essential tool utilized by Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education researchers to explore and describe the experiences of students, educators, or other educational stakeholders. Some interviewing ... More
Dynamics of a yoyo using a smartphone gyroscope sensorMar 04 2019The dynamics of a traditional toy, the yoyo, is investigated theoretically and experimentally using smartphone' sensors. In particular, using the gyroscope the angular velocity is measured. The experimental results are complemented thanks to a digital ... More
Improving students' understanding of rotating frames of reference using videos from different perspectivesFeb 26 2019The concepts of the Coriolis and the centrifugal force are essential in various scientific fields and they are standard components of introductory physics lectures. In this paper we explore how students understand and apply concepts of rotating frames ... More
Cloud service CoCalc as a means of forming the professional competencies of the mathematics teacherFeb 26 2019The special issue contains a monograph by M. Popel, in which the methodical foundations of the formation of professional competences of mathematics teachers in institutions of higher education of Ukraine are considered; the place of cloud service CoCalc ... More
Do GRE scores help predict getting a physics Ph.D.? A comment on a paper by Miller et alFeb 25 2019Mar 18 2019A recent paper in Sci. Adv. by Miller et al. concludes that GREs do not help predict whether physics grad students will succeed in getting Ph.D.s. The paper makes numerous egregious elementary statistics errors, including variance inflation by collinearity ... More
Do GRE scores help predict getting a physics Ph.D.? A comment on a paper by Miller et alFeb 25 2019A recent paper in Sci. Adv. by Miller et al. concludes that GREs do not help predict whether physics grad students will succeed in getting Ph.D.s. The paper makes numerous egregious elementary statistics errors, including variance inflation by collinearity ... More
Do GRE scores help predict getting a physics Ph.D.? A comment on a paper by Miller et alFeb 25 2019Mar 06 2019A recent paper in Sci. Adv. by Miller et al. concludes that GREs do not help predict whether physics grad students will succeed in getting Ph.D.s. The paper makes numerous egregious elementary statistics errors, including variance inflation by collinearity ... More
Gravitation: from Newton to EinsteinFeb 19 2019This document gathers the notes of a 30-hour review course on gravitation, which I delivered in January 2018 and January 2019 at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences of Cameroon (AIMS-Cameroon). Its main goal is to propose a big picture of ... More
Minimal Tools for Accurately Measuring the Coefficient of Kinetic FrictionFeb 10 2019Measuring the coefficient of kinetic friction is much more difficult than that of the static counterpart. Here we report a simple method using minimal tool to accurately measuring the coefficient of kinetic friction. We employed an inclined plane, the ... More
Teaching Physics at School and CollegesFeb 08 2019Invited contribution to the inaugural issue of {\em Physics Educator.}
Best Practices for Administering Attitude and Beliefs SurveysFeb 07 2019Physics faculty care about their students learning physics content. In addition, they usually hope that their students will learn some deeper lessons about thinking critically and scientifically. They hope that as a result of taking a physics class, students ... More
Deformation of an inflated bicycle tire when loadedFeb 07 2019The deformation of a loaded bike tire has been analyzed with a model consisting of a toroid of thin inextensible walls mounted on a central rim. If the tire radius is much shorter than the rim radius, the deflection, d, of the tire can be calculated as ... More
An open-source multi-person virtual reality framework for interactive molecular dynamics: from quantum chemistry to drug bindingFeb 05 2019Conceptually, the mechanics of nanoscale molecular objects arise through electrostatic forces acting on particles in non-uniform fields, and are relatively well characterized owing to decades of study. Nevertheless, because dynamics at this scale differ ... More
An open-source multi-person virtual reality framework for interactive molecular dynamics: from quantum chemistry to drug bindingFeb 05 2019Feb 12 2019Conceptually, the mechanics of nanoscale molecular objects arise through electrostatic forces acting on particles in non-uniform fields, and are relatively well characterized owing to decades of study. Nevertheless, because dynamics at this scale differ ... More
Video-based analysis of the transition from slipping to rollingJan 30 2019Jan 31 2019The problem of a disc or cylinder initially rolling with slipping on a surface and subsequently transitioning to rolling without slipping is often cited in textbooks. The following experiment serves to clearly demonstrate the transition from rolling with ... More
Additional material to "Levitation? Yes, it is possible!"Jan 28 2019This document contains supplementary material for the article with the same title that appeared in American Journal of Physics in 2019
Python script used as simulator for the teaching of electric field in electromagnetism courseJan 24 2019We present this work like software tool developed in Python, based on a methodology to obtain the electric field produced by n charges. The tool was developed and implemented in courses of electromagnetism and laboratory in three institutions of higher ... More
Entangle me! A game to demonstrate the principles of Quantum MechanicsJan 22 2019We introduce a game to illustrate the principles of quantum mechanics using a qubit (or spin-first) approach, where students can experience and discover its puzzling features first-hand. Students take the role of particles and scientists. Scientists unravel ... More
Quantifying critical thinking: Development and validation of the Physics Lab Inventory of Critical thinking (PLIC)Jan 21 2019Introductory physics lab instruction is undergoing a transformation, with increasing emphasis on developing experimentation and critical thinking skills. These changes present a need for standardized assessment instruments to determine the degree to which ... More
Training Future Engineers to Be Ghostbusters: Hunting for the Spectral Environmental RadioactivityJan 18 2019Although environmental radioactivity is all around us, the collective public imagination often associates a negative feeling to this natural phenomenon. To increase the familiarity with this phenomenon we have designed, implemented, and tested an interdisciplinary ... More
Simplifying the vacuum bazookaJan 17 2019This paper provides a simplified explanation of the vacuum bazooka through diagrams and builds a theoretical model only using concepts found in introductory mechanics. Our theory suggests that the velocity of the projectile is proportional to the hyperbolic ... More
Results From Impact Assessment on Society and scientists of Frascati Scienza European Researchers' Night in Years 2006-2015Jan 17 2019The aim of this paper is to present the impact achieved by Frascati Scienza Association on society and research through the European Researchers' Night project funded by the European Commission within the years 2006-2015. The project has been devoted ... More
12 Years of Data, Results and Experiences in the European Researchers' Night ProjectJan 17 2019Since twelve years the researchers of the Roman area organize the European Researchers' Night, a project funded by European Commission to discover science and meet researchers through an Europe-wide public event dedicated to fun learning. Since the first ... More
12 Years of Data, Results and Experiences in the European Researchers' Night ProjectJan 17 2019Feb 12 2019Since twelve years the researchers of the Roman area organize the European Researchers' Night, a project funded by European Commission to discover science and meet researchers through an Europe-wide public event dedicated to fun learning. Since the first ... More
Women in Physics: Scissors Effect from the Brazilian Olympiad of Physics to Professional LifeJan 16 2019Despite the legislation in force in most countries and the discourse on gender equality, the observed reality, still today, shows a clear picture of inequality and restrictions for women, particularly when the issue is the choice of a career and the subsequent ... More
Using CoCalc as a Training Tool for Mathematics Teachers Pre-Service TrainingJan 16 2019This paper deals with the problem of theoretical justification and development of scientific and methodological support for using the cloud service CoCalc as a tool for the formation of mathematics teachers professional competencies. The paper describes ... More
Sensors based on micromechanical devices: mobile labs at the service of experimental science teachingJan 15 2019In this paper we discuss the use of sensors incorporated in mobile devices as possible mobile laboratories at the service of teaching experimental sciences. Mobile devices, smartphones, tablets, laptops, microbit cards, are a resource for making measurements ... More
Physics experiments using simultaneously more than one smartphone sensorsJan 15 2019In the last years, numerous Physics experiments using smartphone sensors have been reported in the literature. In this presentation we focus on a less-explored feature of the smartphones: the possibility of using (measure and register data) simultaneously ... More
Going back to the roots: how to create stroboscopic photos from digital videosJan 15 2019We show here how to create from digital films using the well-known software Tracker stroboscopic photos in order to analyze different types of movements. The advantage of this procedure is that it is possible to analyze the printed photo or on a computer ... More
A dynamical model of remote-control model carsJan 15 2019Simple experiments for which differential equations cannot be solved analytically can be addressed using an effective model that satisfactorily reproduces the experimental data. In this work, the one-dimensional kinematics of a remote-control model (toy) ... More
How accurate is an Arduino Ohmmeter?Jan 12 2019The Arduino platform is widely used in education of physics to perform a number of different measurements. Teachers and students can build their own instruments using various sensors, the analogue-to-digital converter of the Arduino board and code to ... More
Universal Arduino-based experimenting system to support teaching of natural sciencesJan 12 2019The rapid evolution of intelligent electronic devices makes information technology, computer science and electronics strongly related to the teaching of natural sciences. Today almost everybody has a smart phone that can convert light, temperature, movement, ... More
Developing a reasoning inventory for measuring physics quantitative literacyJan 10 2019In an effort to improve the quality of citizen engagement in workplace, politics, and other domains in which quantitative reasoning plays an important role, Quantitative Literacy (QL) has become the focus of considerable research and development efforts ... More
Using think-aloud interviews to characterize model-based reasoning in electronics for a laboratory course assessmentJan 08 2019Models of physical systems are used to explain and predict experimental results and observations. The Modeling Framework for Experimental Physics describes the process by which physicists revise their models to account for the newly acquired observations, ... More
Simple and open 4f Koehler transmitted illumination system for low-cost microscopic imaging and teachingJan 06 2019Koehler transillumination is a powerful imaging method, yet commercial Koehler condensers are difficult to integrate into tabletop systems and make learning the concepts of Koehler illumination difficult. We propose a simple 4f Koehler illumination system ... More
The 2nd Workshop on Hacking and Making at Time-Bounded EventsJan 03 2019In hackathons, small teams work together over a specified period of time to complete a project of interest. Such time-bounded hackathon-style events have become increasingly popular across different domains in recent years. Collegiate hackathons, just ... More
Quantum 3: Learning QCD through Intuitive PlayDec 31 2018There is a nationwide drive to get more girls into physics and coding, and some educators believe gaming could be a way to get girls interested in coding and STEM topics. This project, sponsored by NSF, is to create a QCD game that will raise public interest ... More
Relatively complicated? Using models to teach general relativity at different levelsDec 30 2018This review presents an overview of various kinds of models -- physical, abstract, mathematical, visual -- that can be used to present the concepts and applications of Einstein's general theory of relativity at the level of undergraduate and even high-school ... More
On times and shadows: the observational analemmaDec 27 2018The observation that the shadows of objects change during the course of the day and also for a fixed time during a year led curious minds to realize that the Sun could be used as a timekeeper. However, the daily motion of the Sun has some subtleties, ... More
An electronic data management and analysis application for ABET accreditationDec 22 2018This article presents an application developed for electronically managing and analyzing assessment data for ABET accreditation purposes using Microsoft Access. It facilitates the data entry, analysis and record-keeping for criterion 3 and 4 of the ABET ... More
Design and experimental study of Tesla's thermomagnetic engineDec 22 2018The scientists have shown great interest in the search for alternative means to generate energy, which are not contaminants and generate significant damage to the environment. One of the quite viable possibilities for this is to consider the construction ... More
Scanning for time: Science and art on a photocopierDec 22 2018Combine the scanning properties of a common office photocopier with an object in motion to create stunning imagery. Produce a scan or hard copy that records the artifact of two motions, the moving object and the moving photocopier scan bar. Images illustrate ... More
Gamified Automation in Immersive Media for Education and ResearchDec 11 2018The potential of using video games as well as gaming engines for educational and research purposes is promising, especially with the current progress of Industry 4.0 technologies such as augmented and virtual reality devices. However, it is important ... More
Experimental and numerical study for the representation of standing waves in a Kundt's tubeDec 11 2018The study of the behavior of a standing wave inside a resonant cavity, such as a closed tube, has always been of great revelation in the manufacture of wind musical instruments, in addition to research carried out on the transfer and absorption of heat, ... More
Experimental and theoretical calculation of gravity and moment of inertia using a physical pendulumDec 10 2018In the course of basic physics, more precisely the course of classical mechanics should be understood as clearly as possible the subject of rotational dynamics for students of science and engineering, to have clarity with the issues concerning rotational ... More
Voltmeter in series?Dec 07 2018The April, 2018 Challenge, Why so series? shows a circuit, where a voltmeter is connected in series. Indeed, real voltmeters have finite input resistance, therefore one can think that they can be used as conductive components. In addition, they show the ... More
Simulating Tidal Interactions between Galaxies: A Pre-University Student ProjectNov 29 2018We report on a project undertaken in Summer 2017 by pre-university student interns at Haus der Astronomie: point-particle simulations of galaxy collisions with the aim of reproducing observational data from such collisions. We succeeded in providing a ... More
Modern Physics SimulationsNov 23 2018Modern physics is now a regular course for non-physics majors who do not have to take the accompanying laboratory. This lack of an experimental component puts the engineering students at a disadvantage. A possible solution is the use of computer simulations ... More
Using reflections to explore student learning during the project component of an advanced laboratory courseNov 18 2018We redesigned an advanced physics laboratory course to include a project component. The intention was to address learning outcomes such as modeling, design of experiments, teamwork, and developing technical skills in using apparatus and analyzing data. ... More
Observation of the Talbot effect with water wavesNov 16 2018When light is incident upon a diffraction grating, images of the grating appear at periodic intervals behind the grating. This phenomenon and the associated self-imaging distance were named after Talbot who first observed them in the nineteenth century. ... More
Pitfalls in the teaching of elementary particle physicsNov 15 2018Elementary particle physics is gradually implemented into science curricula at high school level. However, common presentations on educational, semi-technical or popular level contain or support severe misconceptions. We discuss in particular the notion ... More
A paraxial cloak with four lenses of different focal lengthsNov 14 2018We demonstrate cloaking with four lenses of different focal lengths. To achieve this, we compute the separation distances between lenses such that the effective ABCD matrix is equal to just a propagation in free space. Previously, calculations using this ... More
A paraxial cloak with four lenses of different focal lengthsNov 14 2018Feb 22 2019We demonstrate cloaking with four lenses of different focal lengths. To achieve this, we compute the separation distances between lenses such that the effective ABCD matrix is equal to just a propagation in free space. Previously, calculations using this ... More
Conjugate two-dimensional electric potential mapsNov 13 2018Two dimensional electric potential maps based on voltage detection in conducting paper are common practice in many physics courses in college. Most frequently, students work on `capacitor-like' geometries with current flowing between two opposite electrodes. ... More
Applications of sinusoidal phase modulation in temporal optics to highlight some properties of the Fourier transformNov 12 2018Fourier analysis plays a major role in the analysis and understanding of many phenomena in physics and contemporary engineering. However, students, who have often discovered this notion through numerical tools, do not necessarily understand all the richness ... More
Resource Letter RBAI-2: Research-based assessment instruments: Beyond physics topicsNov 07 2018This Resource Letter provides a guide to research-based assessment instruments (RBAIs) for physics and astronomy classes, but goes beyond physics and astronomy topics to include: attitudes and beliefs about physics, epistemologies and expectations, the ... More
Using split-ring resonators to measure the electromagnetic properties of materials: An experiment for senior physics undergraduatesNov 04 2018A spilt-ring resonator experiment suitable for senior physics undergraduates is described and demonstrated in detail. The apparatus consists of a conducting hollow cylinder with a narrow slit along its length and can be accurately modelled as a series ... More
Modeling student pathways in a physics bachelor's degree programOct 26 2018Feb 19 2019Physics education research has used quantitative modeling techniques to explore learning, affect, and other aspects of physics education. However, these studies have rarely examined the predictive output of the models, instead focusing on the inferences ... More
Exploring magnetic resonance with a compassOct 25 2018Magnetic resonance plays an important role in today's science, engineering, and medical diagnostics. Learning and teaching magnetic resonance is challenging since it requires advanced knowledge of condensed matter physics and quantum mechanics. Driven ... More
Nothing's plenty: The significance of null results in physics education researchOct 23 2018A central aim of physics education research is to understand the processes of learning and use that understanding to inform instruction. To this end, researchers often conduct studies to measure the effect of classroom interventions on student learning ... More
Identifying features predictive of faculty integrating computation into physics coursesOct 18 2018Jan 23 2019Computation is a central aspect of 21st century physics practice; it is used to model complicated systems, to simulate impossible experiments, and to analyze mountains of data. Physics departments and their faculty are increasingly recognizing the importance ... More
Experimental study of elastic properties of noodles and bucatiniOct 16 2018The mechanical behaviour of two types of pasta (noodles and bucatini) was studied in a cantilever-loaded-at-the-end experimental setup. One end of each pasta was fixed while the other end was submitted to forces perpendicular to the line determined by ... More
Science with an ngVLA: Reaching Communities and Creating New Opportunities with the ngVLAOct 15 2018The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Department serve the strategic goal of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) to broaden public awareness of, support for, and participation in Science, Technology, ... More
Impact arising from sustained public engagement: A measured increase in learning outcomesOct 12 2018This article details the impact arising from a sustained public-engagement activity with sixth-form students (16- to 17-year-olds) across two further education colleges during 2012/13. Measuring the impact of public engagement is notoriously difficult. ... More
The use of blogs in the education field: A qualitative systematic reviewOct 12 2018Blogs have become one of the most successful tools of the Web 2.0 because of their ease of use and the availability of open platforms. They have quickly spread in the education field thanks to the many attractive qualities that have been attributed to ... More
Common Misconceptions About Angular MomentumOct 01 2018Angular momentum is taught in every classical mechanics course. It is a difficult topic with misconceptions commonly forming significant barriers to student success. My intention in writing this paper is to combat some of the most common misconceptions ... More
Un enfoque de enseñanza de la Astronomía: Algunas consideraciones epistemológicas y didácticasSep 25 2018In order to guide teaching practices in Initial and Primary Education (IPE) level, it seems fundamental to start with an epistemological and didactic analysis of the programmatic content of the Knowledge of Nature area in the curriculum currently in force ... More
Exploring the evolutionary mechanisms underlying the viewing durations of learners on online coursesSep 18 2018We adopted survival analysis for the viewing durations of massive open online courses. The hazard function of empirical duration data is dominated by a bathtub curve and has the Lindy effect in its tail. To understand the evolutionary mechanisms underlying ... More
Observation of relativistic corrections to Moseley's law at high atomic numberSep 12 2018Dec 17 2018Transitions between low-lying electron states in atoms of heavy elements lead to electromagnetic radiation with discrete energies between about 0.1~keV and 100~keV (x rays) that are characteristic of the element. Moseley's law --- an empirical relation ... More
A two-phase study examining perspectives and use of quantitative methods in PERSep 11 2018Dec 03 2018While other fields such as statistics and education have examined various issues with quantitative work, few studies in physics education research (PER) have done so. We conducted a two-phase study to identify and to understand the extent of these issues ... More
Beyond performance metrics: Examining a decrease in students' physics self-efficacy through a social network lensSep 05 2018The Modeling Instruction (MI) approach to introductory physics manifests significant increases in student conceptual understanding and attitudes toward physics. In light of these findings, we investigated changes in student self-efficacy while considering ... More
Hierarchical Linear Modeling Approach to Measuring the Effects of Class Size and Other Classroom Characteristics on Student Learning in an Active-Learning Based Introductory Physics CourseSep 01 2018The effect of class size on student learning has numerous policy implications and has been a major subject of conversation and research for decades. Despite this, few studies have been done on class size in the context of university settings or physics ... More
Studying community development: a network analytical approachAug 24 2018Oct 12 2018Research shows that community plays a central role in learning, and strong community engages students and aids in student persistence. Thus, understanding the function and structure of communities in learning environments is essential to education. We ... More
Student Outcomes Across Collaborative Learning EnvironmentsAug 21 2018The Learning Assistant (LA) model supports instructors in implementing research-based teaching practices in their own courses. In the LA model, undergraduate students are hired to help facilitate research-based collaborative-learning activities. Using ... More
Tools of computer simulation in learning physicsAug 18 2018The article deals with the problem of intellectual development of students in learning of physics by means of computer simulation. The main objectives of teaching computer simulation in learning of physics is the general outlook development, mastery of ... More
Xcos on Web as a promising learning tool for Bachelor's of Electromechanics modeling of technical objectsAug 09 2018Research goals: to identify the perspective learning simulation tool for Bachelors of Electromechanics. Research objectives: to prove the feasibility of using the simulation system Xcos on Web as a tool of forming of future Bachelors of Electromechanics ... More
Blended learning modelsAug 07 2018The article presents the authors' organizational model of blended learning on the basis of existing models of learning at higher educational establishments. The model provides for using the learning management system and reflects current developments ... More
Methods of learning of computer simulation of physical processes and phenomena in universityAug 06 2018To effectively prepare engineering students requires of formation of a system of fundamental physical knowledge together with the ability to apply them in specific productive activities, both on fundamental and on the profiled-oriented level. Accordingly ... More
The possibility of use of QR-codes in teaching physicsAug 06 2018In the article discusses the possibility of using of QR-codes in teaching physics. It is noted that the technology of recognition of QR-codes can be attributed to elements of mobile information and education environment. On the basis of summarizing existing ... More
The application features MMC mobile SAGE course of MathematicsAug 04 2018Using SCM higher mathematics course allows you to: more clearly understandable apply theoretical material; deprive students of routine calculations; provide multilevel learning process, and therefore enhances cognitive interest and most importantly - ... More
Simulation using random numbersAug 03 2018This article is devoted to methods of construction and study of stochastic models based on Monte Carlo method. A model of Brownian motion, the construction and processing which brings to a world of random numbers and mathematical statistics, promotes ... More
Correlation Between Student Collaboration Network Centrality and Academic PerformanceAug 01 2018We compute nodal centrality measures on the collaboration networks of students enrolled in three upper-division physics courses, usually taken sequentially, at the Colorado School of Mines. These are complex networks in which links between students indicate ... More
Technological conditions of mobile learning in high schoolJul 31 2018This paper reviews the history of mobile learning, provides a definition of mobile learning. The properties, advantages and disadvantages of mobile learning, areas of its implementation at the Technical University and mobile learning tools were specified. ... More
Virtual Reality as a Teaching Tool for Moon Phases and BeyondJul 30 2018Nov 12 2018A ball on a stick is a common and simple activity for teaching the phases of the Moon. This activity, like many others in physics and astronomy, gives students a perspective they otherwise could only imagine. For Moon phases, a third person view and control ... More
Competence of bachelor in electromechanics in simulationJul 27 2018The article is devoted to communication competence in modeling with other competences of Bachelor in Electromechanics, its structure and the contribution of components in the formation of competence. The approaches to defining competence of bachelor-electrician ... More
Attitude, Aptitude, and Amplitude (AAA): A framework for design driven innovationJul 24 2018If creativity is the heart and soul of innovation, design is the main catalyst for this process. To design in a very simple sense, is to move from a certain situation into a better one; this amelioration can manifest in new products, services, processes, ... More
The mobile information and educational environment of higher educational institutionJul 23 2018In the modern world in the conditions of informatization of society and high level of competition at the labor-market the problem of preparation of specialists appears to the use of modern information and of communication technologies. Modern higher educational ... More
SageMathCloud as the Learning Tool Cloud Technologies of the Computer-Based Studying Mathematics and Informatics DisciplinesJul 23 2018The aim of this study is to determine peculiarities of computer-based learning of informatics and mathematical disciplines in cloud-oriented environment SageMathCloud. The objectives of the study is to investigate the didactic potential SageMathCloud, ... More
Using technology of augmented reality in a mobile-based learning environment of the higher educational institutionJul 23 2018The definition of the augmented reality concept is based on the analysis of scientific publications. It is noted that online experiments with augmented reality provide students with the opportunity to observe and describe the operation with real systems ... More
Cultivating the Next Generation: Outcomes from a Learning Assistant Program in EngineeringJul 12 2018The LA Program at Oregon State University began in 2014 in one department as an effort to provide support for the implementation of active learning in large enrollment Biology courses. Since its start, the program has spread to include courses in five ... More
Transforming a large introductory lab course: impacts on views about experimental physicsJul 11 2018Laboratory courses are key components of most undergraduate physics programs. Lab courses often aim to achieve the following learning outcomes: developing students' experimental skills, engaging students in authentic scientific practices, reinforcing ... More
How computation can facilitate sensemaking about physics: A case studyJul 11 2018Nov 02 2018We present a case study featuring a first-year bio-science university student using computation to solve a radioactive decay problem and interpret the results. In a semi-structured cognitive interview, we use this case to examine the process of sensemaking ... More
What counts in laboratories: toward a practice-based identity surveyJul 10 2018Nov 14 2018An essential step in the process of developing a physics identity is the opportunity to engage in authentic physics practices - an ideal place to gain these experiences is physics laboratory courses. We are designing a practice-based identity survey to ... More
The difficulties associated with integrating computation into undergraduate physicsJul 10 2018From a department being resistant to change to students not buying into the new computational activities, the challenges that are faced with integrating computation into the physics undergraduate curriculum are varied. The Partnership for Integration ... More
Initial impacts of the transformation of a large introductory lab course focused on developing experimental skills and expert epistemologyJul 09 2018Recently, there has been increased attention to improving laboratory instruction at all levels. At the introductory level, research results have shown differing levels of success based on the nature of the desired learning outcomes. In response to these ... More
HEP Software Foundation Community White Paper Working Group - Training, Staffing and CareersJul 08 2018Jan 17 2019The rapid evolution of technology and the parallel increasing complexity of algorithmic analysis in HEP requires developers to acquire a much larger portfolio of programming skills. Young researchers graduating from universities worldwide currently do ... More
Denoting and Comparing Leadership Attributes and Behaviors in Group WorkJul 06 2018Projects and Practices in Physics (P$^3$) is an introductory physics class at Michigan State University that replaces lectures with a problem based learning environment. To promote the development of group based practices, students all receive group and ... More