Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

These materials are supplements to traditionally taught upper-division E&M I. They include explicit learning goals, interactive lectures, transformed homework problems, common student difficulties, tutorials, in-class group activities, and clicker questions. All materials are modular and can be mixed and matched with any other teaching strategy and materials you would normally use.  These materials were developed as part of a comprehensive project to reform the upper-division physics program.

Type of Method Full curriculum, Curriculum supplement, Tutorials
Level Designed for: Advanced UndergraduateReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Intermediate Undergraduate, Graduate
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Large (30+ students)References coming soon, Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, Recitation/Discussion Session, Homework
Can be adapted for: Out-of-class tutorials
Coverage Many topics with less depth, Traditional upper-division E&M I coverage (e.g. first half of Griffiths text)
Topics Electricity / Magnetism
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Teaching Assistants / Learning Assistants, Clickers, Projector in class
Skills Designed for: Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Coherent framework for physics, Think like a scientist, Representing knowledge in multiple ways, Identifying appropriate method to solve particular problems, Faculty attention to student difficulties.
Can be adapted for: Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Reflecting on one's own learning
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual testsReferences coming soon, scores on written conceptual testsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, problem-solving pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, CGPS, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, LA Program, CAE TPS, TEFA, Paradigms, Tutorials, Clickers
Similar Methods CU Modern, CU QM, Paradigms
Developer(s) Steven Pollock, Stephanie Chasteen, and many others in the CU PER group and the CU Physics department
Website http://www.colorado.edu/sei/departments/physics_3310.htm