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Science outreach: too little, too late, at 10th Science and Technology in Society Forum (Kyoto, Japan), Monday, October 7, 2013:
The goal of science outreach should be continued fueling of the curiosity of the mind not the reawakening of it. In order to achieve that goal we need to re-think our approach to teaching and above all our approach to assessment in science.
The Principles and Practice of Physics, at Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO), Monday, March 3, 2014
The Principles and Practice of Physics is a groundbreaking new calculus-based introductory physics textbook that uses a unique organization and pedagogy to allow students to develop a true conceptual understanding of physics alongside the quantitative skills needed in the course. The book organizes introductory physics around the conservation principles and provides a unified contemporary view of introductory physics. In this talk we will discuss the unique architecture of the book, the conservation-laws-first approach, and results obtained with this book.
Visualizations and visual illusions: how the mind tricks us, at 2006 Cottrell Scholars Meeting (Tucson, AZ), Friday, July 7, 2006:
Neurobiology and cognitive psychology have made great progress in understanding how the mind processes information – in particular visual information. The knowledge we can gain from these fields has important implications for the presentation of visual information and student learning.
Teaching Physics, Conservation Laws First, at Vanier College (Montreal, QC, Canada), Tuesday, May 5, 2015:
The Principles and Practice of Physics is a groundbreaking new calculus-based introductory physics textbook that uses a unique organization and pedagogy to allow students to develop a true conceptual understanding of physics alongside the quantitative skills needed in the course. The book organizes introductory physics around the conservation principles and provides a unified contemporary view of introductory physics. In this talk we will discuss the unique architecture of the book, the conservation-laws-first approach, and results obtained with this book.
How the mind tricks us: visualizations and visual illusions, at Phi Beta Kappa Public Lecture, Yale University (New Haven, CT), Wednesday, April 23, 2008:
Neurobiology and cognitive psychology have made great progress in understanding how the mind processes information – in particular visual information. The knowledge we can gain from these fields has important implications for the presentation of visual information and student learning
Teaching Physics, Conservation Laws First, at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC), Friday, October 16, 2015:
The Principles and Practice of Physics is a groundbreaking new calculus-based introductory physics textbook that uses a unique organization and pedagogy to allow students to develop a true conceptual understanding of physics alongside the quantitative skills needed in the course. The book organizes introductory physics around the conservation principles and provides a unified contemporary view of introductory physics. In this talk we will discuss the unique architecture of the book, the conservation-laws-first approach, and results obtained with this book.
How the mind tricks us: visualizations and visual illusions, at Jefferson Lab Science Series, Jefferson Laboratory (Newport News, VA), Wednesday, December 9, 2009:
Neurobiology and cognitive psychology have made great progress in understanding how the mind processes information – in particular visual information. The knowledge we can gain from these fields has important implications for the presentation of visual information and student learning
Teaching Physics, Conservation Laws First, at Webinar (Cambridge, MA), Wednesday, March 30, 2016:
The Principles and Practice of Physics is a groundbreaking new calculus-based introductory physics textbook that uses a unique organization and pedagogy to allow students to develop a true conceptual understanding of physics alongside the quantitative skills needed in the course. The book organizes introductory physics around the conservation principles and provides a unified contemporary view of introductory physics. In this talk we will discuss the unique architecture of the book, the conservation-laws-first approach, and results obtained with this book.
The make-believe world of real-world physics, at University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), Thursday, October 14, 2010:
That physics describes the real world is a given for physicists. In spite of tireless efforts by instructors to connect physics to the real world, students walk away from physics courses believing physicists live in a world of their own. Are students clueless about the real world? Or are we perhaps deluding ourselves and misleading our students about the real world?
Teaching Physics, Conservation Laws First, at Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), Monday, February 27, 2017:
The Principles and Practice of Physics is a groundbreaking new calculus-based introductory physics textbook that uses a unique organization and pedagogy to allow students to develop a true conceptual understanding of physics alongside the quantitative skills needed in the course. The book organizes introductory physics around the conservation principles and provides a unified contemporary view of introductory physics. In this talk we will discuss the unique architecture of the book, the conservation-laws-first approach, and results obtained with this book.
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
Analyzing Educational Research using Vee Diagrams, at The College Student (Guest Lecturer), University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX), Monday, January 30, 2012:
In this lecture, we will discuss Vee Diagrams, a tool developed by Gowin in the 1970s to help biology students transfer knowledge from laboratory settings to larger contexts. Novak and Gowin (1984) descirbe the Vee as a heuristic to help students construct and make meaning of knowledge. I will introduce the key categories composing Vee Diagrams using examples from higher education practice. We will then collaboratively analyze a published educational research article using the Vee framework. After participating in this lecture, students will be able to use the Vee Diagram to analyze... Read more about Analyzing Educational Research using Vee Diagrams
Flipped Classrooms: Web-based Tools for Facilitating In and Out-of-Class Engagement, at Academic Transformation Speaker's Series, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX), Friday, August 24, 2012:
In a flipped classroom, instructors typically move information coverage out of the class so that that they can better leverage in-class time to address student misunderstandings and misconceptions about subject matter. The most basic iteration of a flipped class is pre-recording lectures on key concepts for students and putting them online for viewing and engagement (e.g., annotation) before class. In this workshop, Dr. Julie Schell will introduce a set of more advanced web-based instructional tools faculty can use to design learning environments that facilitate student engagement with... Read more about Flipped Classrooms: Web-based Tools for Facilitating In and Out-of-Class Engagement
The Principles and Practice of Physics, at University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT), Monday, March 2, 2015:
The Principles and Practice of Physics is a groundbreaking new calculus-based introductory physics textbook that uses a unique organization and pedagogy to allow students to develop a true conceptual understanding of physics alongside the quantitative skills needed in the course. The book organizes introductory physics around the conservation principles and provides a unified contemporary view of introductory physics. In this talk we will discuss the unique architecture of the book, the conservation-laws-first approach, and results obtained with this book.

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