Dave Van Domelen's
April 27, 2008
This is just a simple page to let people access my conference notes without having to send them by email to everyone who's interested. The first link in each case up through Salt Lake City is a Word file, as far as I can tell they download okay. Let me know if they don't. The "PDF" link following each one is a PDF version. Starting with the Syracuse meeting, there's only PDFs.
Additionally, for those who might be interested, here's a 2.3M PDF of my PhD thesis.
- AAPT Summer 1997, 1998, 1999, PDF: These early notes were mainly written for private consumption by my research group at the Ohio State University. They're a bit terse, and I leave out talks by members of the OSU group. I took notes at the 2000 meeting in Guelph, but by the time I got around to trying to transcribe them, I found I'd forgotten too much to make it worthwhile (the week after that meeting I defended my thesis, the week after that I moved to Michigan).
- Michigan State University Center for the Scholarship of Teaching, PDF: Notes taken at the opening conference for the CST at MSU. A bit out of date, but has some useful/interesting information. There are hard returns at the end of every line because this was originally typed up in a cruder program, but they shouldn't cause any trouble unless you set the font to 18 point or larger.
- AAPT Winter 2003: Austin, PDF
- AAPT Summer 2003: Madison, PDF
- AAPT Summer 2004: Sacramento, PDF
- AAPT Winter 2005: Albuquerque, PDF
- AAPT Summer 2005: Salt Lake City, PDF
- AAPT Summer 2006: Syracuse (PDF only, will add Word version if there's demand).
- AAPT Arkansas/Oklahoma/Kansas Section 2006 (PDF only)
- AAPT/AAS Joint Winter 2007: Seattle (PDF only)
- AAPT Summer 2007: Greensboro (PDF only)
- AAPT Summer 2008: Edmonton (PDF only)
Since getting a new laptop, I've started taking notes at some colloquia and symposia. For now, the files are just Word, but if there's demand I will convert them to PDFs.
- Andrew Heckler - Learning Associations That Run Counter To Learning: Discussing the topic of salience, and how it can affect learning. Both a historical overview of research on the subject and results of recent work. March 4, 2008.
- Tevian Dray - Bridging the Vector Calculus Gap: Physics and Math are two subjects divided by a common language. Some discussion of how the way each field uses words affects understanding. Part of the Bridge Project. March 27, 2008.
- Michael Dickson - Quantum Reference Frames and the Origins of Uncertainty: (Non-education talk) The consideration of the fact we're in a non-inertial frame, and explicitly examining where our assumptions of inertial-ness break down, can help give insight into physics concepts. The specific example is presented of how Heisenberg Indeterminacy can be qualitatively explained by how the act of measuring can render one's reference frame a poorer approximation of an inertial frame. April 10, 2008.
- Bill Reay - Clickers for Classrooms: Discussion of the use of clickers (PRS, etc) in large lecture classrooms, with examples of question sequences and results on the Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism for classes with and without clicker use. April 21, 2008.
- Lou Wojcinski - Why Do We Lecture?: Use of clickers in the introductory Chemistry course at Kansas State University. April 23, 2008.
- Ben Wiles - Educational Data Mining: Report on the 1st International Conference on Educational Data Mining (Math Department guest). September 9, 2008.
- Gintaras Duda - Blogs in Introductory Physics: Use of participation on a course blog to improve interaction and advance the "Hidden Curriculum". September 23, 2008.
- Marilyn Carlson - Developing Students' Conceptual Foundations and Mathematical Thinking for Continued Mathematical Learning: The 32nd William J. Spencer Lecture, Mathematics Education Research talk. October 16, 2008.
- Steven Pollock - "Understanding Educational Reform: Impacts of Physics Education Research" and "A Research-based Approach to Transforming Upper-Division Electricity and Magnetism" - A colloquium on November 24, 2008 and a seminar on November 25, 2008.
- Michael Mishchenko - "NASA Glory Mission: Fundamental Physics, Societal Benefits, and Taxpayers' Money": Non-Education, but of potential interest. December 8, 2008.
- Bruce Patton - "Experiences with a 'Jackson by Inquiry' Electromagnetism Course: how guided inquiry works": Using Physics by Inquiry principles in a graduate course. March 9, 2009
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