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Monday, September 12, 2022 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Rockefeller Hall, Schwartz Auditorium
General Physics Colloquium, Professor Gina Passante, Cal State Fullerton
Title: Research as a Tool to Improve the Teaching and Learning of Quantum Mechanics
Host: Natasha Holmes
Abstract: It is well established that people learn better when they are actively engaged with the material they are learning. This finding has transformed how many faculty teach introductory physics, often adding interactive elements like clicker questions, tutorials, and “flipped” assignments into their courses. Fewer efforts have focused on using similar methods at the upper-division level. My work focuses on the teaching and learning of quantum mechanics and how using research-based instructional tools can improve student understanding. By studying which ideas students struggle the most with, we can design targeted active learning instructional tools that not only engage students but focus their attention on the concepts or calculations that are most difficult. I will discuss how I use active learning strategies in my courses and provide examples from my research of specific topics where student understanding is improved through targeted instruction.
This talk will also be available via Zoom, and the link will be emailed to the Physics listserv the week of the talk. If you are not on the listserv, please contact Sue Sullivan at email@example.com by Monday at 3:00 pm to request the link.