Peer Instruction: Methods and Techniques

Presentation Date: 

Friday, June 6, 2003


Physics Colloquium, Ohio University (Athens, OH)

Presentation Slides: 

There is a crisis confronting undergraduate Physics education today. Studies indicate that most large undergraduate classes fail to convey the concepts or the context of Physics to the students. It has been suggested the lack of interaction in the classes is fundamentally to blame for this problem. We offer a way of redesigning the classroom so interaction is introduced at every level. This pedagogocal method, called Peer Instruction has been shown to be effective when used by different instructors in many different environments. We also describe some technological tools that we have developed to assist in the implementation of Peer Instruction in the classroom.