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Abstract Title: Optical microscopy as a context to facilitate learning in interdisciplinary students
Abstract: Interactive learning strategies are frequently used in physics teaching, and increasingly so beyond introductory courses. Here we describe the development of a course for undergraduate students who are not majoring in the field of physics. By adapting the Studio format and Project-based learning and focusing the course on biophysics and microscopy, a course was designed to bring interactive learning to the topic of optics. This creates an environment that integrates lectures, lab, and simple problem solving as well as a focus on a long-term project for the course. The long-term project asks students to integrate the knowledge from the course to the building and testing of an optical system. The group-project highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the students who will contribute to the building of a working microscope and allows them to focus on their strengths. This course will help bridge the boundary between the disciplines of biology and physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dyan Jones
Mercyhurst University
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Shauna Novobilski, Mercyhurst University
Rebecca Wheeling, Mercyhurst University