I do not keep this page carefully updated. Please see the PER@CU (Physics Education Research
at Colorado) website. (You can find my papers there, for example)
Below are some documents and links for papers and projects I'm working on
in Physics Education research.
These are largely talks: for education research papers go to the PER@CU publications page
(You can find my generic CU home
page here. Here is a detailed CV , as of the start of 2012.)
General PER Talks and papers
- Here is a presentation for the CU Advocacy program , an introduction to
our approach to course transformation (powerpoint)
- Here is a colloquium given to the physics department at Tufts in 2014 on our
upper-division course transformations.
- Here is a colloquium given to
the physics department at UBC on impacts of physics education research
(largely at the introductory level), and here is a seminar given to the physics
faculty at UBC on upper division course transformations (E&M).
- Here is an invited presentation to
the 2009 APS meeting in Denver, on sustaining educational
transformations at CU.
- Here is a presentation for the CU departmental colloquium, (Nov 2008) on impacts of some of our intro-level
- Here is a presentation for K-state colloquium, similar to the CU colloquium above (Nov 2008.)
- Here is a presentation for K-state PER group seminar, Nov 2008, on upper-division course transformations. (Nov
- Here is a presentation for the
science faculty at Utah State , summer 2008, about science education
research and its impacts in the classroom.
- Here is a talk for the
general public about PER (Saturday afternoon physics series)
- Here is my powerpoint talk
for the APS meeting, April 2006.
- Here is a powerpoint talk given as
a colloquium at KU, Spring 06
- Here is a powerpoint talk given to
Society of Physics students, Fall '05
- Here is a powerpoint presentation
to the Engineering Faculty, Spring '05 (with Noah F) [2 MB]
Kathy Perkins and I wrote an article for the
the APS Forum on Education Spring 04 newsletter about education
efforts in Physics at CU.
(The FeD page is here )
- I gave an invited talk at the ISSOTL '04 (1st International conf.
for the Society of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Bloomington, Oct
'04) Here is a pdf file [3.1 MB]
Student engagement in large lectures
During the 2000-'01 academic year, I participated in the Pew/Carnegie
teaching scholar's program, which led to a lot of informal (SOTL) work in
Implementing tutorials, with use of Learning Assistants
Physics 1110/1120 (Calculus based intro sequence at CU) is instituting a completely reformed
recitation section starting in Fa '03, based on
University of Washington's tutorials .
We are supported locally by
a CCLI adaptation and implementation grant,
PhysTec , and
an NSF funded
STEM-TP grant .
The latter allows us to support undergraduate
Learning Assistants who team-teach these tutorials.
This involves a weekly Physics Education Seminar (content training),
and a separate course in the School of Education for the
- Here is my invited powerpoint talk for the APS meeting, April 2006, on preparing undergrads to teach (about our LA program).
- Here is a
presentation from the 2007 Boulder Colorado Learning Assistant
Workshop sponsored by PhysTEC/APS.
- Here is an extended (2 hour-talks combined) powerpoint presentation
summarizing lots of our reseach results spanning '03-'06.
- Here is an article (Finkelstein and Pollock) published in
Physical Review (PER special topics) on our implementation of
- Here is a brief web version of a
power point talk giving an overview of the Tutorials (and what happens
when you stop using them) (Download the actual powerpoint file here [.25 MB] )
- Here is a contributed powerpoint talk
about secondary implementations of Tutorials, given at the 2005 ISSOTL (International Conf for the Society of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vancouver) [ 1.3 MB]
- Here is a web version of a
powerpoint talk given Oct 5 '05 (Physics Brown bag lunch) discussing
data showing the impact of Tutorials
in introductory physics at CU. (Or, download the actual powerpoint file here, [1.5 MB] ) More
detail than the previous bullet, but harder to follow if I'm not talking
you through it :-)
- Here are PERC conference papers on multiple reforms in intro physics from
Summer 04 (mechanics), "No single cause:..." [pdf, 0.3 Mb], and Summer
05 (mechanics and E&M, comparing with and without Tutorials), "Transferring
Transformations:... " [pdf, 0.2 Mb]
- Here are AAPT posters with data on our multiple reforms,
from Summer '04 (focus on Mechanics)
[3 MB pdf], and Summer '05 (mechanics and E&M,
with and without Tutorials) [.6 MB pdf]
- A Prospectus on the use of learning
assistants in Phys 1110, for the STEM-TP project. [Word doc, 32 kb]
- A presentation to the STEM-TP
meeting (Jun 18 '03) on transforming Physics 1110 recitations. [Word doc,
- A second presentation to the STEM-TP
meeting (Mar 17 '04) on transforming Physics 1110 recitations. [html from
(Also available as a pdf file which
looks better but is large [7 Mb])
- A report on our FTEP summer teaching improvement
project [pdf, 303kb] (Pollock, Dubson, and Finkelstein, '04) to develop Phys 1120 tutorials and further
analyze Phys 1110 tutorials
- A primer on tutorials for
interested faculty members at CU. [pdf, 64 kb]
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