Please see the PER@CU (Physics Education Research
at Colorado) website. (You can find my papers there, for example)
Here is a fairly recent detailed curriculum vita
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 departmental colloquium
division course transformations
given to several departments in April 2017.
- Here is a keynote talk for the a keynote talk for the 2014
COLTT (Conference on Learning and Teaching with Technology) conference.
- 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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