Expert Recommendations


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.

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

Where can I find good activities for small group discussions?

by Sam McKagan, PhysPort director

Addressing common concerns about concept inventories

by Adrian Madsen, Sam McKagan and Eleanor Sayre

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

by Jenny Knight and Sarah Wise, University of Colorado - Boulder


How can I design (or find) a good group activity for physics students?

by Joshua Von Korff, Georgia State University
I want to give my students something to work on in groups, but what should they work on? I know that researchers have created many physics activities, but I don't know what I'm looking for. What does a good activity look like? OR, I'm really excited about inventing my own labs or worksheets to give students, but I don't know how to design an activity.

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teaching, active learning, cooperative groups

How can I teach a graduate class on the basics of physics education research?

by Sam McKagan, PhysPort Director
Several leaders in physics education research (PER) have put together "Intro to PER" courses for graduate students and advanced undergraduates. If you are teaching a course like this, this collection of course websites and syllabi contains lots of good ideas for what to do in your course.

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physics education research

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