Resources for Professors

Resources for professors seeking workshops or other unique learning opportunities:

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A modest, but growing, collection of resources for physics teachers.
Simulations that can be used for teaching a wide variety of physics topics. There is also a collection of lesson plans and activities to provide you with ideas for how to use the simulations in your class. Everything is free and easily customizable.
A large collection of java applets that can be used for teaching a wide variety of physics topics. A large number of problems have already been created, or you can use the open-source materials to create your own.
A collection of high quality multiple-choice assessment items and descriptions of how to use them in formative assessment.
This site has a numerous resources for physics teachers. These include collections of high quality problems, links to some of the latest work in physics education research, as well as the full text of Redish’s book, Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite.
Look in the “Projects” and “Materials” sections for links to ongoing physics education research (particularly in upper division physics courses) and research-based materials for both introductory and advanced undergraduate courses.
A set of instructional resources for algebra- and calculus-based introductory physics that includes a large number of student learning activities.
Look under the “resources” tab for Interactive Examples (web-based introductory physics problems in which students obtain help that will lead them to the solution) and Introductory Course Materials (links to high quality lecture, exam, and discussion resources used in the introductory courses).
MIT is now encouraging faculty to post instructional materials online. Many physics faculty have done so. Some are more useful than others.
A large online collection of context-rich problems as well as descriptions about how to use them for teaching and how to create your own.
Ten years of examinations that are designed to test the NY state physics learning standards for a high school physics class. Answer keys also provided.
A set of inquiry-based instructional materials for teaching upper division mechanics. The website includes user license, pretests, tutorial worksheets, homework, suggested exam problems, and other instructor resources.


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In 1995, the University Academic Senate recommended that a center be established to support the University's efforts toward achieving its goal of teaching excellence. In response, the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center was founded, charged with a mission to serve as a resource for faculty development.

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