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UConn ECE Physics Workshop

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
9:00am – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
IMS, Room 159

On Tuesday, March 30th, UConn Early College Experience and the UConn Physics department invite all ECE certified Physics instructors to attend the annual professional development workshop.

“Teaching College Calculus using Flipping Pedagogy”, Larissa Schroeder, Assistant Professor, University of Hartford

The common image of a college mathematics classroom is one with students sitting at desks listening to a lecture. In this talk, I will discuss the University of Hartford Mathematics Department’s “Flipping Calculus” project. We have students watch short videos in preparation for class. During class, the emphasis is on the students doing and discussing mathematics. Students work on problems in small groups or present solutions to the whole class. Short mini-lectures are utilized on an as-needed basis. Our goals are to provide students with opportunities to practice mathematical communication and to work cooperatively, as well as to take ownership of their learning.

Biosketch: Larissa B. Schroeder is assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Hartford who is interested improving the teaching and learning of mathematics in the early college years. Along with 3 other mathematics faculty, she is co-PI on a NSF grant for “Flipping Calculus”. Larissa is a former Connecticut high school mathematics teacher who taught ECE Calculus.

"Teaching and Learning Physics via GPS and WikiS". Hashini Mohottola, Associate Professor, University of Hartford

We report the combined use of Wikispace (WikiS) and Group Problem Solving (GPS) sessions conductedin the introductory level calculus based physics classes. As a part of this new teaching tool, some essay type problems were posted on the WikiS in weekly basis and students were encouraged to participate in problem solving activities without focusing on getting a numerical final answer. The students were required to provide the steps to solve a given problem instead. Wikispace is used as a platform for students to meet online and initiate cyber discussions. Followed by this exercise, each week, students were further evaluated on problem solving skills opening up more opportunity for peer interaction through Group Problem Solving (GPS) sessions in the class. Each group was given a different problem to solve and the answers were graded. Occasionally we challenged the groups requesting them to design a simple experiment, and find the answer to a given problem using the data they gather. At the end students developed a set of skills in decision-making, problem solving, communication, negotiation, critical and independent thinking and teamwork through the combination of WikiS and GPS.

Contact:

Stefanie Malinoski 486-1045 stefanie.malinoski@uconn.edu

Office of Early College Programs (primary), Early College Experience, UConn Master Calendar

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