Presentations

    Crafting learning goals using Backward Design: A hands-on workshop, at Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Texas, Austin (Austin, Texas, USA), Wednesday, November 17, 2010
    In this workshop we will go through the process of developing effective learning goals using the non-conventional approach of Backward Design (Wiggins and McTighe). After taking this workshop, new or experienced instructors and instructional developers will be able to identify best practices for preparing effective learning goals and revise a set of more traditional learning goals based on those best practices.
    The scientific approach to teaching: Research as a basis for course design, at EDUVATE Forum, University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa), Wednesday, May 30, 2012
    Discussions of teaching -- even some publications -- abound with anecdotal evidence. Our intuition often supplants a systematic, scientific approach to finding out what works and what doesn't work. Yet, research is increasingly demonstrating that our gut feelings about teaching are often wrong. In this talk I will discuss some research my group has done on gender issues in science courses and on the effectiveness of classroom demonstrations.
    Flipping your syllabus from teacher to student centeredness, at Program on Innovative Teaching: Chile, LASPAU-Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Tuesday, October 2, 2012
    The syllabus is the blueprint for learning in higher education; it narrates the story of the larger learning experiences instructors and students should expect to encounter as they navigate the terrains of a course. It also represents the "logic" or "theory" of a course: If instructors and students use the syllabus as a guide, engage seriously in the content and activities laid out, then learning experiences should occur. Innovative syllabi bring together and make clear instructors' expectations for student learning (Learning Goals), the evidence and performance tasks (Evaluation Plans)... Read more about Flipping your syllabus from teacher to student centeredness
    Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies that Improve College Student Success, at CSSP Technical Assistance Workshop for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, University of Houston (Houston, TX), Thursday, May 30, 2013
    One day workshop on increasing the use of evidence-based pedagogies to improve student success in postsecondary education in Texas over three sessions. Session 1 provided interactive training on Flipped Classrooms, Just-in-Time Teaching and Peer Instruction. Session 2, a working session featuring a case study of evidence-based instructional strategies at scale; Session 3, an instructional hack-a-thon to identify barriers and invent clever solutions to increasing faculty adoption of innovative teaching methods at individual institutions.
    Assessment: Part 1 -- The silent killer of learning, at North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND), Wednesday, April 5, 2017
    Why is it that stellar students sometimes fail in the workplace while dropouts succeed? One reason is that most, if not all, of our current assessment practices are inauthentic. Just as the lecture focuses on the delivery of information to students, so does assessment often focus on having students regurgitate that same information back to the instructor. Consequently, assessment fails to focus on the skills that are relevant in life in the 21st century. Assessment has been called the "hidden curriculum" as it is an important driver of students' study habits. Unless we rethink our approach to... Read more about Assessment: Part 1 -- The silent killer of learning
    Innovating Education to Educate Innovators, at 2017 National STEM Cell Foundation Scholars Program, Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY), Thursday, June 8, 2017
    The teaching of physics to engineering students has remained stagnant for close to a century. In this novel team-based, project-based approach, we break the mold by giving students ownership of their learning. This new course has no standard lectures or exams, yet students’ conceptual gains are significantly greater than those obtained in traditional courses. The course blends six best practices to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop important skills, including communication, estimation, problem solving, and team skills, in addition to a solid conceptual understanding... Read more about Innovating Education to Educate Innovators
    An introduction to femtosecond laser science, at 2003 Photonics West Conference (San Jose, CA), Tuesday, January 28, 2003:
    Description: This interactively taught half-day course provides basic knowledge of measurements of and research with femtosecond laser pulses. Beginning with the basic principles of the interaction of light and matter, we?ll discuss the often non-standard aspects of the interaction of intense short pulses with matter. Using worksheets we?ll address a number of common conceptual misconceptions in an interactive and collaborative setting.

    Learning outcomes: This course will enable you to

    • understand the basis for the electronic and optical properties of...
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    An introduction to femtosecond laser science, at Photonics West 2004 Conference (San Jose, CA), Sunday, January 25, 2004:
    This interactively taught half-day course provides basic knowledge of measurements of and research with femtosecond laser pulses. Beginning with the basic principles of the interaction of light and matter, we'll discuss the often non-standard aspects of the interaction of intense short pulses with matter. Using worksheets we'll address a number of common conceptual misconceptions in an interactive and collaborative setting.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES
    This course will enable you to:

    • understand the basis for the electronic and optical properties of solids and the interaction...
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    An introduction to femtosecond laser techniques, at 2005 SPIE Photonics West Conference (San Jose, CA), Sunday, January 23, 2005:
    General Course Description: This interactively taught half-day course provides basic knowledge of the measurements of and research with femtosecond laser pulses. Beginning with the basic principles of the interaction of light and matter, we'll discuss the interaction of intense short pulses with matter. Using worksheets we'll address a number of common conceptual misconceptions in an interactive and collaborative setting.

    Benefits Learning outcomes:

    This course will enable you to

    • Explain the basis for the electronic and optical properties of...
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    An introduction to femtosecond laser techniques: Part 1, at XIII Escola de Verão Jorge André Swieca de Ótica Quântica e Ótica Não Linear, Instituto de Física de São Carlos (São Carlos, SP, Brazil), Monday, January 23, 2012:
    This interactively taught half-day course provides basic knowledge of the measurements of and research with femtosecond laser pulses. Beginning with the basic principles of the interaction of light and matter, we'll discuss the interaction of intense short pulses with matter. Using worksheets we'll address a number of common conceptual misconceptions in an interactive and collaborative setting.
    Authentic Student Learning Evaluation Plans in Higher Education, at Renovacion Pedagogica 2011, Universidad Del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia), Friday, June 10, 2011:
    Open the doors to any classroom across the globe and you will observe an almost universal model for the evaluation of student learning. Instructors stand at the front of a lecture hall, teach content, students (at least we hope) attempt to learn that content, and then instructors evaluate that content learning through traditional assessments such as multiple-choice exams, quizzes, or research papers. Most of these conventional approaches to evaluation are one-dimensional and are not aligned with overarching learning goals that relate to competencies students actually need to progress... Read more about Authentic Student Learning Evaluation Plans in Higher Education
    An introduction to femtosecond laser techniques: Part 2, at XIII Escola de Verão Jorge André Swieca de Ótica Quântica e Ótica Não Linear, Instituto de Física de São Carlos (São Carlos, SP, Brazil), Tuesday, January 24, 2012:
    This interactively taught half-day course provides basic knowledge of the measurements of and research with femtosecond laser pulses. Beginning with the basic principles of the interaction of light and matter, we'll discuss the interaction of intense short pulses with matter. Using worksheets we'll address a number of common conceptual misconceptions in an interactive and collaborative setting.
    Anatomy of a College Readiness Assignment, at CRAFT Professional Development Institute, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX), Tuesday, July 24, 2012:
    The College Readiness Assignment Field-Test (CRAFT) project is working to disseminate standalone lessons designed by expert educators to prepare students for college-level success. In this presentation will discuss the heart of the CRAFT project: college readiness assignments (CRAs). We will dissect CRAs and demonstrate how the various parts map to state standards.
    Anatomy of a College Readiness Assignment, at CRAFT Professional Development Institute, University of Texas at Austin (Austin,TX), Saturday, November 10, 2012:
    The College Readiness Assignment Field-Test (CRAFT) project is working to disseminate standalone lessons designed by expert educators to prepare students for college-level success. In this presentation will discuss the heart of the CRAFT project: college readiness assignments (CRAs). We will dissect CRAs and demonstrate how the various parts map to state standards.
    Anatomy of a College Readiness Assignment, at CRAFT Professional Development Institute, Hidalgo Independent School District (Hidalgo, TX), Tuesday, August 21, 2012:
    The College Readiness Assignment Field-Test (CRAFT) project is working to disseminate standalone lessons designed by expert educators to prepare students for college-level success. In this presentation will discuss the heart of the CRAFT project: college readiness assignments (CRAs). We will dissect CRAs and demonstrate how the various parts map to state standards.
    College Readiness 101, at CRAFT Professional Development Institute, Hidalgo Independent School District (Hidalgo, TX), Tuesday, August 21, 2012:
    Improving student success is one of the most pressing issues in higher education across the world. Too often, despite succeeding in secondary classrooms, students enter college underprepared to engage in the rigors of undergraduate study, which results in a number of consequences for institutions. High dropout, failure, and withdrawal rates limit students’ abilities to take full advantage of their college experience and reach their highest potential. Failing to intervene has substantial cost implications for institutions, instructors, and societies within which an educated workforce is key... Read more about College Readiness 101
    Educating 21st Century Innovators, at 1st Annual STEAM Sym​posium​​, Santa Clara County Office of Education (Santa Clara, CA), Saturday, April 23, 2016:
    The teaching of physics to engineering students has remained stagnant for close to a century. In this novel team-based, project-based approach, we break the mold by giving students ownership of their learning. This new course has no standard lectures or exams, yet students’ conceptual gains are significantly greater than those obtained in traditional courses. The course blends six best practices to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop important skills, including communication, estimation, problem solving, and team skills, in addition to a solid conceptual understanding... Read more about Educating 21st Century Innovators
    Femtosecond Techniques for Materials Scientists, at Tutorial Q at the MRS Spring Meeting (San Francisco, CA), Monday, April 16, 2001:
    Femtosecond Techniques 1. Linear and nonlinear propagation of light a. Propagation of electromagnetic waves in dense media b. Dielectric function c. Lorentz equations, Drude model d. Pulse dispersion c. Nonlinear response f. Second harmonic generation and inversion symmetry (*) g. Self phase modulation and self-focusing h. Continuum generation 2. Femtosecond measurements a. Pump-probe technique b. Dispersion compensation techniques (*) c. Representation of pulses; Wigner representation d. Temporal characterization of pulses e. Joint time-frequency measurements (*) f. Frequency-resolved... Read more about Femtosecond Techniques for Materials Scientists

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