Cal Poly Pomona

Physics Seminar

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Effective Integration of Technology to Enhance Learning Physics in and out of the Classroom

Homeyra Sadaghiani

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cal Poly Pomona

In this talk I will discuss two examples of effective technology that have enhanced introductory physics student learning:

In classroom: Multiple clicker uses

Out of classroom: Multimedia Learning Modules as web-based Prelectures

Clickers are a technology that has been infused into my classroom over the course of the past seven years. Initially used only as data collection tool, the clickers now are integrated into the fabric of my introductory physics classes so that they are utilized in a variety of different ways including conceptual questions, demo predictions, Socratic questioning, scaffolding of problem solving steps, and for connections between different topics among others.

Multimedia Learning Modules (MLMs) are grounded in design principles that draw on both cognitive learning theory and physics education research. Each 20-minute module includes narrated animation with embedded assessments and immediate student feedback. These modules are used as a “pre-lecture assignment” to introduce students to basic physics content prior to class, which in turn, allows the instructor to focus on a more in-depth application of the concepts during class sessions. This presentation will describe the integration of these technologies into an introductory physics course as well as the impact they had on student preparation, their achievement, and on their attitudes toward use of these tools.

Refreshments at 11:00 AM. Seminar begins at 11:10 AM.
Building 8, Room 241
For further information, please call (909) 869-4014

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