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How can I design an effective in-class student worksheet for PhET simulations?

by Yuen-ying Carpenter and Stephanie Chasteen
PhET simulations are free, online interactive simulations for teaching and learning science. In this document, we will discuss using PhET in a guided worksheet; a strategy which has been found to support student learning. But how do we help students use the questions and the simulation to think about the physics, or to practice new skills – not just focus on getting to the end of the worksheet?
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teaching, active learning, PhET Interactive Simulations, worksheets, cooperative groups, inquiry


Guidelines for administering concept inventories online

by Adrian Madsen & Sam McKagan, PhysPort Assistant Director & Director
Concept inventories such as the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) have had a major impact on physics education reform: The FCI, a test of basic concepts of forces and acceleration, has been given to thousands of students throughout the country and the results show that PER-based teaching methods lead to dramatic improvements in students’ conceptual understanding of mechanics. These…
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assessment, concept inventories, best practices


How can I set up an effective mentoring program to support students in my department?

by Ramón S. Barthelemy
As physicists and physics educators we know that a physics education is much more than computational problem solving and bookwork. Knowledge and skills needed to navigate a career pathway in physics that are often learned informally include:
-the unspoken requirement to do undergraduate research
-the necessity to study for the physics GRE well in advance of the test date
-strong research lab...
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mentoring, best practices


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