Designing better student learning in physics

Maria Parappilly, John Daicopoulos, David Blair, Derek Leinweber, Jasmina Lazendic-Gallowaya, Alex Foppoli

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This year our discipline day will focus on discussions covering: laboratory teaching in physics, the Einstein-First project, and delivering a third-year course in Computational Physics.

Our first session begins with an overview of an informal approach to project-based learning in a first-year physics lab. Over three years James Cook University Physics has taken an informal approach to merge Project-Based Learning (PBL) with a skills-based laboratory subject. The students in this class are set a task of choosing an experiment out-of-the-box then using PBL to achieve its expected function. They need to learn the operation of every piece, collector design missing pieces, calibrate as necessary, and complete the experiment. A logbook and short presentation completes the activity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
EventThe Australian Conference for Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) 2018 - Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 26 Sep 201828 Sep 2018


ConferenceThe Australian Conference for Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) 2018


  • project based learning
  • design labs
  • first year physics
  • third year physics
  • physics education
  • computational physics
  • teaching practices
  • LEGO


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