2014 Annual Physics Workshop

physics workshop 2014On April 30, 2014 about 50 high school UConn Early College Experience Physics instructors gathered on the Storrs campus for the annual Physics workshop. Participants from all over the state of Connecticut were treated to expert presentations, discussion on curriculum and policy, and hands-on lab experience. Prof. Dave Perry, the UConn ECE Physics Faculty Coordinator, invited Prof. James McDonald of the University of Hartford to speak about the efforts to change the textbook model, including the de-emphasis of a text as the central element of the syllabus and the use of open-source tests and on-demand publishing. Later, Heather Osborne, manager of Laboratory Services at UConn, spoke about exploration and innovation in the Physics lab and took participants into the lab for a number of hands-on demonstrations. Beyond professional development, the workshop served as a forum where instructors could meet and discuss their own classroom practices and share lecture notes. UConn ECE physics is taught at 55 Connecticut high schools with courses in PHYS1201Q: General Physics, PHYS1202Q: General Physics II, PHYS1401Q: General Physics with Calculus, and PHYS1402Q: General Physics with Calculus II.

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