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Friday, March 9, 2001
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special time.
[Host: Steve Thornton]
U. S. Air Force Academy
"Using the World Wide Web for Physics Teaching and Learning: Exploring Where Pedagogy and Technology Meet"
The explosion of World Wide Web technology over the past several
years has spurred the development of an ever-increasing number of web-based
teaching and learning materials and techniques. Web technology is being used
to support student-teacher, student-student, and teacher-teacher
communications, often providing communications channels and possibilities
not possible previously. At the same time, physics education research
continues to provide more insight about how, why, and the extent to which
our students do-- and don't-- learn physics. Can our research-based
understanding of how students learn and the new unprecedented power of
communications lead us to improved courses and programs? This talk will
survey the spectrum of ways in which the web is being used by the physics
education community to promote physics teaching and learning. It will also
introduce and discuss a unique mix of pedagogy and the web technology, the
"Just-in-Time Teaching" (JiTT) strategy, now being implemented by over 120
faculty at more than 60 institutions across the country and in Canada and
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