PICUP Virtual Conference - Summer 2020

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PICUP Virtual Conference: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Teaching Physics Online

Friday, June 26th, 2020

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Conference Theme: This spring, many of us suddenly became online teachers!  What if we end up needing to go back online in the fall?  At least there will be time to prepare…so in order to be prepared, this conference will feature the great ideas that the members of the PICUP community have come up with for how to teach physics in an online setting!  Please consider joining us to hear about tips, tricks, and best practices. (Register above.)

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Program (all times are Eastern Time):


Friday, June 26th

Session 1: How to do physics labs online

10:40 - 11:00 AM Informal Networking  
11:00 - 11:05 AM Official Welcome  
11:05 - 11:30 AM Distance Learning Labs (Invited) Erik Jensen
11:30 - 11:40 AM The Laboratory Dilemma in Online Physics: A Solution that is a Durable Lesson Martin Connors
11:40 - 11:50 AM Remote labs: making real measurements at home! Matthew Bellis
11:50 - 12:00 PM Moving Online: Computational Modeling and Lab Activities in Introductory Electricity and Magnetism Todd Zimmerman
12:00 - 12:15 PM Panel discussion with first 4 presenters of Session 1  
12:15 - 12:25 PM The Not-So-Simple Pendulum: Theory, Experiment, and Computation in a DIY Remote Lab Nicholas Nelson
12:25 - 12:35 PM Online Labs: Using Videos, Spreadsheets, and Online Quizzes, Oh My! Jennifer Birriel
12:35 - 12:45 PM Multi-View Zoom for Physics Laboratory Experience from a Distance Wolfram Weinberg
12:45 - 1:00 PM Panel discussion with last 3 presenters of Session 1  


1 - 2 PM:  Break -- Feel free to keep Zoom open to chat


Session 2: Methods for engaging students

1:50 - 2:00 PM Informal Networking  
2:00 - 2:05 PM Session 2 Welcome  
2:05 - 2:30 AM Hitting the ground running: How should computation in the curriculum prepare students for computational physics research? (Invited) Amy Graves
2:30 - 2:40 AM Project-based learning for Honors College students Ana Oprisan
2:40 - 2:50 AM Formation of an online Community of Practice and its Application Bahar Modir
2:50 - 3:00 PM Replacing a Written Final with a Technical Conversation: Lessons Learned Peter Bryant
3:00 - 3:15 PM Panel discussion with first 4 presenters of Session 2  
3:15 - 3:25 PM Engaging astronomy students online with scientific reasoning about real data Jeffrey Hyde
3:25 - 3:35 PM Capture, Code, Compare: Integrating computational modeling with video analysis W. Brian Lane
3:35 - 3:45 PM Keep it simple, keep it fun: Interactivity is key for coding in introductory physics Christopher Orban
3:45 - 4:00 PM Panel discussion with last 3 presenters of Session 2  


Wednesday, July 1st

Session 3: Upper-level Physics

6:45 - 7:00 PM Informal Networking  
7:00 - 7:10 PM New tools in our digital signal and image processing classroom Sorinel Oprisan
7:10 - 7:20 PM Simple numerical techniques for quantum scattering Jay Wang
7:20 - 7:30 PM Blending Computational Exercises into a One-Semester Quantum Mechanics Course Michael Olson
7:30 - 7:40 PM The light curve of a variable star: an example upper-division coding project accessible to students with no prior programming experience Steve Cederbloom
7:40 - 7:55 PM Panel discussion with presenters from Session 3