Date(s) - 04/10/2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Title: The evolution of the undergraduate physics curriculum at the University of Guelph
Speaker: Dr. Joanne O’Meara
Institute: University of Guelph
Location: ABB 102
Description:Over the past decade we have made many changes to our undergraduate physics offerings, both for majors and non-majors alike. Throughout this process our goal has been to implement best practices from the Physics Education Research community, in such a way that we are mindful of resource implications. I will highlight some of the more significant changes we have made, such as designing and delivering an integrated course in first year that combines physics and calculus in a coordinated way, introducing gaming elements into our online course content for non-majors, and requiring all physics majors to take a course on communicating science to non-technical audiences. The seminar will also include a discussion of what we have learned along the way, as well as plans for the future.