Continuing Professional Development Workshops


The Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE) is an holistic interactive-engagement approach to learning and teaching physics that has a goal of engaging students in learning physics by following processes similar to those that physicists use while constructing and applying new knowledge. The approach includes all aspects of students learning physics such as constructing, testing and applying new ideas through experimentation and reasoning, solving problems and of class organization including assessment and grading policies.

Join the ISLE developer and researcher, Eugenia Etkina, in this free, virtual workshop to learn how you can adopt the ISLE approach.

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Energy is physics concept that is prominent in many other science disciplines. In the Energy-First physics curriculum, energy is the starting point for the rest of the course. Problem-solving is initially more tractable for students, due to the scalar nature of energy (compared with kinematics or forces).

Join this curriculum's developer & researcher Chris Fischer to learn more about this approach, available supporting materials, and how you can implement it in your courses.

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In this free, virtual workshop, you will learn about a set of introductory college-level physics labs that help students develop scientific reasoning skills. The series of labs developed by our workshop facilitators and their colleagues uses a scaffolded approach to guide students to designing their own investigations into scientific ideas. This lab curriculum helps students think like scientists. Join Kathy Koenig and Krista Wood in this 3-hour workshop to experience these activities and how they support student learning.

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