Physics Colloquium - Active Learning in Lower-Division Physics: "Flipping" the Traditional Lecture

Event Date: 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Broida 1640


Roger Freedman, UCSB


Lower-division STEM education at UCSB is more important than ever. A 10% increase in freshman enrollment is planned for 2016-17, and our campus has received $2.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education towards improving student performance in first-year courses in selected departments (including Physics).

How can we best help our lower-division students learn physics? Research from across the STEM curriculum shows that traditional lecture-based instruction leads to limited learning gains, while an active-learning approach -- in which students spend much of their class time engaged in discussion and problem-solving -- is measurably more effective.

In this presentation I will describe my experiences with using active learning in introductory physics, and explain an easy-to-implement course structure that keeps students more directly involved with the subject matter. This will be an interactive presentation using educational technology, so come ready to participate!