Continuing Professional Development Workshops


Join us for this 3-day virtual workshop, offered in collaboration with PICUP (the Partnership for Integration of Computation into Undergraduate Physics)! Workshop facilitators will showcase several ways to integrate computational ideas into introductory classes, and participants will develop a computational activity to use in their courses.

Note that there is a $15 registration fee for this workshop. OPTYCs will reimburse the fee to all registered two-year college instructor (full-time or part-time) who completes the workshop

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Join us for a panel discussion on different ways to provide research opportunities for your students! This virtual event will showcase an in-class project, a course-based undergraduate research experience, and an extra-curricular undergraduate research project.

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Join us for a hands-on, guided-inquiry activity that helps students to understand the geometry of lunar and solar eclipses by creating a physical, proportional model of the Earth and Moon system and observing shadows. We will also share astronomy-related resources that can be used in any introductory physics course.

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Problems with illegible writing, lack of units on physical quantities, inconsistent notation, and logical flow of problem solving steps can all be eliminated by using LaTeX. In this free, virtual workshop, you will use LaTeX to write a solution to physics problems of your choice following an approach that has been used for  in a two semester introductory calculus-based physics course at a two-year college. Nearly a decade of student feedback points to the success of this approach. This is the second in a series of workshops on LaTeX. Prior experience with LaTeX is helpful (e.g. the first workshop in this series) but is not required. Creating an account in Overleaf is required to fully participate in this workshop. More information on preparation will be provided upon registration.

Note: This workshop was originally scheduled for June 14th.

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In this virtual, free workshop, facilitators will offer specific and readily-implementable tools and practices to help you provide support for students with disabilities. Many of these practices may help all students gain a better understanding of physics concepts.

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Physics Toolbox Sensor Suite (see is a free Android and iOS mobile app developed for physics teachers and their students to gather data using sensors. Come to this free workshop to learn about more than 25 laboratory experiences you can have your students do with their smartphones, and dive deeper with one or more explorations you will do with your own smartphone using only a ruler, magnet, and other simple household items. Additionally, engage in a discussion about the risks and benefits of allowing students to use smartphones in the classroom or as homework, including evidence from studies supported by the National Science Foundation.

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Join us at the AAPT National Winter Meeting 2025 in St. Louis, MO for a one-day workshop on using sensors as educational tools! This workshop aims to provide two-year college faculty with tools and skills to not only create more sensor-based activities for use in your own classes, but also to lead future workshops on the same topic in your local community. Two-year college faculty who are selected for this workshop will be reimbursed for reasonable travel costs. There is no registration fee for this workshop for accepted participants.

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