Friday, October 16, 2015
Fall 2015 Meeting of the NCS-AAPT, Davidson College (Davidson, NC)
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 studentsâ 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 of physics. This showcase will discuss the course philosophy and pedagogical approach and participants will take part in a new form of collaborative assessment. While the course we are piloting is an engineering physics course, the methods described in this talk are applicable to STEM and other fields.