AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 26 Followup to Workshop for New Faculty in Physics and Astronomy
Special Session, Monday, May 31, 2004, 2:00-3:30pm, 710/712

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[26.03] Sink or Swim: The Workshop Physics Experience of a New Faculty Member

G. Duda (Creighton University)

Although a variety of new and innovative teaching techniques were introduced at the New Faculty Workshop in November of 2003, one method which was not covered is Workshop Physics. Based on the philosophy of learning through doing, Workshop Physics is the ultimate in active learning environments. Lectures are abolished, and students learn physics through guided hands-on activities. As a new faculty member my arrival coincided with the introduction of workshop physics at Creighton University; as such Iíve had the opportunity to help build our workshop curricula from the ground up, utilizing the materials by Priscilla Laws and others at Dickinson College. Iíll speak of the trials and tribulations of implementing workshop physics at Creighton, the successes, student reactions, and the impact it has had on our program. Although the workshop program is physics based, Iíll speak about how the ideas and methodology can be similarly applied to astronomy education.

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