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Lab Descriptor

For a long time I thought an overall descriptor of what is taught in 1st year Physics labs might be –           “teaching how to conduct experimental research” I’ve always felt the descriptor, although reasonable, was not quite right. I think I … Continue reading

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DNN

I have moved our department external support site to a content management system, DNN (aka DotNetNuke – see an DNN overview on my dev blog). This move is from a previous IIS web hosting service with FrontPage extensions and a … Continue reading

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Clickers in the lab

I began using clickers in Fall 2012 (i>Clicker) with my lab intro talk. – I found student acceptance very positive with comments like “clickers helped me think of …” – Clickers are required for the associated Physics course I strive … Continue reading

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Lab Grading

One of the most gut-wrenching components to teaching Physics labs is grading student’s work. A traditional lab evaluation approach is to grade “short reports”, a report usually written in the lab. In this approach, students are under a great deal … Continue reading

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Basic Understanding of Current

We did a hire for a first year physics instructor. One interview question we asked was: “A student comes to you very concerned that they are expected to use current on the order of amps in the lab. They found … Continue reading

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Physics lab types and evaluation styles

I thought a summary with some key phrases and terms might be useful Types of Physics labs Traditional, supervised lab “desktop experiments” Studio Physics instructional lecture done with the lab TEAL: Technology Enabled Active Learning “workshop Physics” or “activity based Physics” Virtual labs … Continue reading

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Blog beginning

I’ve been teaching 1st year Physics labs at Capilano University for a very long time. Over the course of the years I found a large diversity among institutions of how Physics labs are taught. There are common expectations among those teaching … Continue reading

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