This method merges lecture, recitation, and a hands-on laboratory experience into a technological and collaborative learning experience. The characteristics of studio physics applied in my classroom include integrated lecture/laboratory format, a reduced amount of time allotted to lecture and time allotted for homework, a technology enhanced learning environment, collaborative group work and a high level of faculty-student interaction. The tools used in this environment are investigation and hands-on activities, computer tools and multimedia materials, which allow students to actively participate in their own learning and to build their own scientific knowledge. Additional learning elements integrated into my approach are interactive lecture demonstrations, webassign, a web-based homework service and course management tools such as “Blackboard”.
In order to reduce the stress associated with exams, I incorporate other elements into the student’s grade, which emphasize learning rather then memorization. I am interested in researching student assessment and advancing physics education by: