Cal Poly Pomona

Physics Seminar

Thursday, May 24, 2012

7th Annual Physics Education Seminar

Cal Poly Pomona Physics Dept. Faculty

Homeyra Sadaghiani
Engaging student in upper division quantum physics for optimal understanding: choices of class format, textbook, topics, and technology
To increase student active engagement in upper division classes, interactive classroom techniques such as peer discussion strategies, white-board problem solving activities, research-based tutorials, and computer lab sessions were integrated into PHY 401 and PHY 402. The teaching practices, learning goals, and curricular materials were developed and adopted from research in physics education. I will discuss the implications of this study for instructorsí choices of class activities, textbook, and the order of topics in teaching undergraduate quantum courses.

Barbara Hoeling
Phy122 hybrid-online: How to learn Geometrical Optics on your own
I will report on the pilot hybrid-online version of Phy122 that Iím teaching this quarter. Iíll introduce our own Cal Poly made online materials and present preliminary results of student learning and opinions.

Nina Abramzon and Barbara Hoeling
Research Presentation Experience in the sophomore and junior level classes
I will describe the research presentation experience of students in the modern physics and optics courses. I will also present results from an attitude survey given to students in these classes.

Ertan Salik
Online Midterms? Yes, and a lot of them!
In 2011-12 academic year, I have tested online midterm exams ( 4 of them per quarter) instead of typically two in-class midterms. I have found that more frequent midterms force students to study more regularly, and no class time is lost to exams. Another benefit is that when combined with a post-exam HW, students have a chance to see their mistakes, and learn better.


Refreshments at 10:50 AM. Seminar begins at 11:00 AM.
Building 8, Room 241
For further information, please call (909) 869-4014

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