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0499 Transforming Student Learning at the University of Illinois




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Mats Selen, co-inventor of the i>clicker student response system, has been working to improve the Intro to Physics curriculum at the University of Illinois since 1993.  Come hear Mats discuss how he and his physics colleagues at U of I have used clickers, just in time teaching, and flipping the classroom methodologies to transition the traditional lecture into interactive, engaging, and effective learning experiences for his students.

About Mats Selen:

Mats earned his BS and master degrees in physics in the early 1980s at the University of Guelph and his PhD in particle physics at Princeton University in 1989. After a four year post-doc at Cornell, Mats joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1993, where he is now full Professor and Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs.

After 25 years of studying elementary particles, Mats has shifted his research focus to understanding and improving the way students learn physics. With his Illinois colleagues, he has helped develop the i>clicker classroom response system, the smartPhysics learning framework, and most recently IOLab, which features a hand-held affordable gadget for performing physics experiments in the classroom and lab and at home. On Wednesday mornings he brings science to central Illinois viewers as the WCIA WhysGuy.

 



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