The UMass College of Natural Sciences has setup a fund for the professional development of lecturer’s within the college. I plan to use these funds to present our work on self-efficacy at AAPT SM18. These funds mean that we will be able help support Jake to also attend to AAPT SM18 and talk about the graduate TA training course.
In addition, I also presented to the UMass faculty senate today on OER given our work on the P131 textbook. There seemed to be some positive feedback from the other faculty. I hope that other faculty on campus take up this charge. OER are something that we can do as faculty to help control costs for students and make materials that are perfectly designed for our courses.
A version of the book is ready to go for this coming semester and can be seen at UMass Phys 131 Textbook. Feedback on the book can be given at https://goo.gl/forms/AuAmDVXFuOruHJnc2. We are really excited to use this book for the first time this coming semester! We think that continuous nature of the students’ readings will make it easier for students to navigate and know what they need to read.
Two excellent graduate TAs affiliated with the P131 course have been recognized for their efforts. Leila Farhadi and Sara Feyzbakhsh have both been excellent in P131 showing a real dedication to their students and a willingness to go the extra mile and take initiative. Thanks to these two wonderful TAs!
Two people associated with P131 during the Spring 2016 semester were publicly recognized for their efforts at the 2016 Student Awards:
Zachary Meadows, a graduate TA for P131, was awarded the Quinton Teaching Assistant Award for his excellent work helping students this past semester.
Anwesha Saha, a student in P296 Independent Study of Teaching Methods in P131, was awarded the Morton and Helen Sternheim Award for her interest in physics education.
Congratulations to these two winners!
Brokk Toggerson has been awarded an grant of $2500 from the Open Education Initiative at the W.E.B. du Bois Library. The funds will be used to pay Chasya Church to make the preparation materials for p131 easier to navigate and organize some legacy videos on our course YouTube page.