Physics Education Research Conference 2014
July 30, 2014 - July 31, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN
Outpacing New Technologies with Novel Pedagogies: The Role of PER in the Transforming Landscape of Higher Education
Students' unprecedented access to information on-line is dramatically and irreversible transforming higher education. This transformation provides fantastic opportunities to improve education, but at the same time we are presented with the equally fantastic risk of losing the core elements that make higher education so valuable. Whether it has been on-line homework, electronic voting systems, or screen-casted lectures, the physics community has been on the bleeding edge of new educational technology.
Our community must engage in a scholarly dialog around these new environments including the opportunities they afford, the challenges they present, and the research enterprise necessary to address these. The opportunities for access and equity in MOOC, on-line, hybrid, and flipped classrooms, as well as the challenges these new educational models present for engagement, assessment, and community development are all important aspects to consider. Conference participants will gain deeper insight into these technologically-driven environments by discussing the magnitude and rapidity of these changes, developing an understanding of the national dialog around on-line education, and discussing how physics education research can guide the development of new pedagogies for and assessments of these environments.
Organizing CommitteeDanny Caballero - Michigan State University
Mats Selen - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tim Stelzer - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign