PICUP Virtual Conference - Summer 2020

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

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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  

Session 1a

Presider/Moderator: Tor Odden - U. of Oslo Center for Computing in Science Ed.


11:05 - 11:30 AM Distance Learning Labs (Invited) DOWNLOAD Erik Jensen
11:30 - 11:40 AM The Laboratory Dilemma in Online Physics: A Solution that is a Durable Lesson DOWNLOAD Martin Connors
11:40 - 11:50 AM Remote labs: making real measurements at home! DOWNLOAD Matthew Bellis
11:50 - 12:00 PM Moving Online: Computational Modeling and Lab Activities in Introductory Electricity and Magnetism DOWNLOAD Todd Zimmerman
12:00 - 12:15 PM Panel discussion with the 4 presenters from Session 1a  

Session 1b

Presider/Moderator: Merideth Frey - Sarah Lawrence College


12:15 - 12:25 PM The Not-So-Simple Pendulum: Theory, Experiment, and Computation in a DIY Remote Lab DOWNLOAD Nicholas Nelson
12:25 - 12:35 PM Online Labs: Using Videos, Spreadsheets, and Online Quizzes, Oh My! DOWNLOAD Jennifer Birriel
12:35 - 12:45 PM Multi-View Zoom for Physics Laboratory Experience from a Distance DOWNLOAD Wolfram Weinberg
12:45 - 1:00 PM Panel discussion with the 3 presenters from Session 1b  


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  

Session 2a

Presider/Moderator: Mary Lowe - Loyola University of Maryland


2:05 - 2:30 AM Hitting the ground running: How should computation in the curriculum prepare students for computational physics research? (Invited) DOWNLOAD Amy Graves
2:30 - 2:40 AM Project-based learning for Honors College students DOWNLOAD Ana Oprisan
2:40 - 2:50 AM Formation of an online Community of Practice and its Application DOWNLOAD Bahar Modir
2:50 - 3:00 PM Replacing a Written Final with a Technical Conversation: Lessons Learned DOWNLOAD Peter Bryant
3:00 - 3:15 PM Panel discussion with the 4 presenters from Session 2a  

Session 2b

Presider/Moderator: Deva O'Neil - Bridgewater College


3:15 - 3:25 PM Engaging astronomy students online with scientific reasoning about real data DOWNLOAD Jeffrey Hyde
3:25 - 3:35 PM Capture, Code, Compare: Integrating computational modeling with video analysis DOWNLOAD W. Brian Lane
3:35 - 3:45 PM Keep it simple, keep it fun: Interactivity is key for coding in introductory physics DOWNLOAD Christopher Orban
3:45 - 4:00 PM Panel discussion with the 3 presenters from Session 2b  


Wednesday, July 1st (all times are Eastern Time)

Session 3: Upper-level Physics

6:45 - 7:00 PM Informal Networking  
Session 3 Presider/Moderator: Daniel Borrero - Willamette University


7:00 - 7:10 PM New tools in our digital signal and image processing classroom DOWNLOAD Sorinel Oprisan
7:10 - 7:20 PM Simple numerical techniques for quantum scattering DOWNLOAD Jay Wang
7:20 - 7:30 PM Blending Computational Exercises into a One-Semester Quantum Mechanics Course DOWNLOAD 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 DOWNLOAD Steve Cederbloom
7:40 - 7:55 PM Panel discussion with the presenters from Session 3