When You Are Not the Instructor: Introducing Computation to a Physics Lab Course Taught by Graduate Assistants
Physics lab courses are a good opportunity to introduce computing to students. However, when the course is taught by graduate assistants, with a faculty member serving as course coordinator, unique challenges arise, such as the need to train the graduate instructors and having a computing platform that is accessible to students with minimal support. At Central Michigan University, we started to add computational topics to our "University Physics I" lab course with a typical enrollment of 80-100 students, and set up a dedicated JupyterHub server with Nbgrader to facilitate online grading. The presentation discuss successes and challenges experienced in the years since initiating the project.