Rapid conversion of traditional introductory physics sequences to an activity-based format

Garett Yoder, Jerry Cook


The Department of Physics at EKU with support from the National Science Foundations Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Program has successfully converted our entire introductory physics sequence, both algebra-based and calculus-based courses, to an activity-based format where laboratory activities, problem-solving sessions and lectures are seamlessly integrated in a single classroom. We report here, the structure, staffing and materials generated for the courses and the outcomes we have observed as a result of this conversion. Our experience in making this transition can serve as a model or blueprint for other colleges and universities interested in making similar changes.


active-learning; studio; pedagogy

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JSTEM. ISSN: 1557-5284