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


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…
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clickers, cooperative groups, active learning, best practices, peer instruction


What racial, gender, and sexual orientation bias still exists in physics and what can I do about it?

by Ramón S. Barthelemy
As physicists we often believe that our field is a place where anyone can succeed regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. Although overt discrimination has decreased, many kinds of unintentional and intentional bias still run rampant. Fortunately, many of these biases are identifiable and there are actionable steps your department can take to prevent and address…
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equity


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