The Interactive Learning Toolkit: supporting interactive classrooms, at 128th National AAPT meeting (Miami, FL), Monday, January 26, 2004:
Research-based interactive learning techniques have dramatically improved student understanding. We have created the 'Interactive Learning Toolkit' (ILT), a web-based learning management system, to help implement two such pedagogies: Just in Time Teaching and Peer Instruction. Our main goal in developing this toolkit is to save the instructor time and effort and to use technology to facilitate the interaction between the students and the instructor (and between students themselves). After a brief review of both pedagogies, we will demonstrate the many exciting new features of the ILT. We will... Read more about The Interactive Learning Toolkit: supporting interactive classrooms
Femtosecond laser micromachining: Applications in photonics and biology, at XIX Laser Science Conference (Tucson, AZ), Thursday, October 9, 2003:
When femtosecond laser pulses are focused tightly into a transparent material, permanent structural or chemical changes occur. These changes can be used for micromachining bulk transparent materials. A number of applications in the fabrication of micro-optical devices and in biology and medicine will be discussed.
Memorization or understanding: Are we teaching the right thing?, at 2003 Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (Tucson, AZ), Wednesday, October 8, 2003:
Education is more than just transfer of information, yet that is what is mostly done in large introductory courses. Few students have the ability, motivation, and discipline to synthesize all the information delivered to them. "Peer Instruction" shifts the focus in lectures from delivering information to synthesizing information and achieves remarkable improvements in student understanding.