The main theme of this workshop is optics and thermodynamics.
One of the main topics will be the presentation, by short talks, of the "state of the art" in these fields for different European Countries, with the aim of discussing the standardization and the exchange of resources between the various projects running in different countries.
Several discussion items can or will be touched during the meeting, as there are:
Professor Wolfgang Christian (Davidson College)
Developing Open Source Programs for Upper Level Science and Mathematics
The switch from procedural to object-oriented (OO) programming has produced dramatic changes in professional software design. OO techniques have not, however, been widely adopted by science and mathematics teachers and curriculum authors. The continued use of procedural languages in education is partly due to the lack of up-to-date curricular development tools that implement science computation and numerical analysis techniques within an OO framework. This talk describes a new open-source development project that combines OO software development with science education research to produce such material. These OO tools include frameworks for two- and three-dimensional drawing, numerical analysis, and user interfaces. Examples are presented that show how these tools can be used to create curricular material for upper level science and mathematics course.
The Open Source Physics code library, documentation, and curricular material can be downloaded from the following site:
Partial funding for this work was obtained through National
Science Foundation grant DUE-0126439.
Professor Bruce Mason (University of Oklahoma)
MERLOT resources for evaluation and sharing of learning objects
The MERLOT project (Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is an effort to ease the discovery and evaluation burden on individual instructors wishing to use web and multimedia resources in their classes. This multi-disciplinary collection is open for any registered user to submit, comment on, or add pedagogy to teaching resources. Central to this project is an established peer-review process with well defined evaluation criteria. This talk will describe these criteria and their connection to the ways students learn, the review process, and how the combination of an open resource and sanctioned reviews add value to existing learning materials.
Stefan Altherr, Hans - Jörg Jodl (University of
Developing Videos for an Introductory Course on Physics - Examples and Experiences for Motivation, Demonstration and Exercises
Since 1997 the University of Kaiserslautern provides an introductory course on majoring physics for distance learners. Because experiments are of great importance in teaching such a course we replaced lecture experiments by multimedia material.
Since we did not find good material (besides standard topics) and since we realized, that students have problems in understanding certain topics, we started developing videos for teaching physics by ourselves. We will present several examples and comment our experience with those in this course.
Professor Ladislav Drska (Czech Technical University in
Contemporary Development Concepts for E-Learning in Physics
(1) Quality criteria and development concepts for ICT-based knowledge
transfer in exact sciences.
(2) Contemporary development tools for web and multimedia, a basis for
high-profile curricular e-materials for physical sciences.
(3) New trends and chances, using net-based integrated computing systems
in high-tech learning / teaching of physics