Welcome to PhysPort (formerly known as the PER User's Guide), the go-to place for physics faculty to find resources based on physics education research (PER) to support your teaching. Learn more...

How can I get students to have productive discussions of clicker questions?

by Jenny Knight and Sarah Wise, University of Colorado - Boulder
Clicker questions are increasingly being used to stimulate student discussion and provide faculty and students with timely feedback. Research suggests that discussing clicker questions can lead to increased student learning, and that students exchanging constructive criticism can generate conceptual change.
What can you do as an instructor to encourage all students to have…
Read more »

clickers, cooperative groups, active learning, teaching, best practices


Where can I find good activities for small group discussions?

by Sam McKagan, PhysPort director
Nearly all research-based teaching methods in physics involve some kind of small group discussions of challenging conceptual activities. Finding good activities is an important component of making small group discussions work in your class. This recommendation includes links to collections where you can find activities to use in your class.
Read more »

active learning, SCALE-UP, Peer Instruction, CAE Think-Pair-Share, Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment, clickers


Where can I find good questions to use with clickers or Peer Instruction?

by Sam McKagan, PhysPort director
Many research-based teaching methods in physics, including Peer Instruction, CAE Think-Pair-Share, Technology Enhanced Formative Assessment, and teaching with clickers, involve having your students discuss and answer multiple-choice conceptual questions. A challenge of using these methods is finding and writing good questions. This recommendation helps you find and write questions for your class.
Read more »

Peer Instruction, CAE Think-Pair-Share, clickers, Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment


View all recommendations »

NEW - PhysPort Data Explorer

Screenshot of the Data Explorer
Explore assessment data
Featured Video: Tutorials in Introductory Physics at the University of Colorado