Essays

A History of Reform in Undergraduate Physics
A brief overview of the history of the last few years of the reform efforts in undergraduate physics education.

(CL)2 : Computer-Led Cooperative Learning*
Victor Montemayor, Middle Tennessee State University
Computer-Led Cooperative Learning (CL)2 abandons the traditional lectures of introductory physics courses for the cooperative learning environment of computer-based "problem labs."

Physics Learning Goals Using Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT)
Andrew Gavrin, Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis
Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) is a teaching and learning strategy comprised of two elements: classroom activities that promote active learning and World Wide Web resources that are used to enhance the classroom component. However, as JiTT is a pedagogical strategy, its learning goals are those of the instructor: mastery of the subject is always the primary concern.

Assessment of Student Learning in Introductory Physics Courses
Richard R. Hake, Indiana University
The development of effective educational methods within each discipline requires a redesign process of continuous long-term classroom use, feedback, assessment, research analysis, and revision.

Novel Electronic Materials Center Within the Department of Physics at Boston College
Kevin Bedell, David Broido, Krzysztof Kempa, Michael Naughton, Zhifeng Ren, Boston College
A physics department creates a Novel Electronics Material Center, wholly-contained within the department, not only to help bridge the gap between research and education, but also to heighten the visibility of their program on campus, and nationally.

A Technology-Enabled Learning Environment
J.B. Sharma, Gainesville College
A two-year institution makes use of technology as a learning multiplier through a fusion of new pedagogies, new facilities, and new teaching and learning technologies.

The New Tome Building at Dickinson College
Priscilla W. Laws, Dickinson College
After years spent in a cramped, old-fashioned facility, a four-year institution reports on the impact of the new building on the scholarly lives of both the faculty and the students that it houses.

Chrysalis: Transforming the Laboratory Environment
Juan R. Burciaga, Bryn Mawr College
An institution endeavors to transform their outdated laboratory rooms into a place more suited to an inquiry-based philosophy with little resources.

Science Preparation of Future Teachers: Physics Teacher Education Coalition - PhysTEC
The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) is a self-sustaining Coalition working to improve teacher preparation in a growing number of institutions. The result will be a new generation of secondary and elementary teachers that will enable students to experience physics and physical science as an engaging and exciting activity.

Departmental Transformation: A Case Study - Lawrence University
National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics, American Association of Physics Teachers
The Lawrence University story was presented at the PKAL 10th Anniversary Event (University of Maryland College Park, October 1999) by Dr. John R. Brandenberger, Professor of Physics.

Departmental Transformation: A Case Study - Rutgers University
National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics, American Association of Physics Teachers
The Rutgers University story was presented at the PKAL workshop Revitalizing Undergraduate Physics (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, September 1997) by Dr. Joseph Pifer, Professor of Physics.

Departmental Transformation: A Case Study - University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics, American Association of Physics Teachers
The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse story was presented at the as presented at the PKAL workshop Building Undergraduate Physics Programs for the 21st Century (PKAL 2002 Summer Institute, June 2002) by Dr. Gubbi Sudhakaran, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics.