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Introductory Mechanics ReView Course for Instructors and Advanced Students
Video courtesy of RELATE at MIT via YouTube.
Registration is open for a free online MIT-level course in Introductory Newtonian Mechanics targeting teachers and their best students - people with some knowledge and skills in mechanics who want to improve both their conceptual overview and their problem-solving skills in mechanics. Designed by MIT professor David Pritchard and his education research group, this course will enable participants to learn a newly developed method for organizing their mechanics knowledge that facilitates an expert approach to their problem solving. The course runs June 1 through Aug 26, 2013 with the first quiz due June 28. Individuals who complete the course will receive a letter of completion from Pritchard and will be invited to obtain a “CEU Transcript” by AAPT.
The Summer Mechanics Course is offered on the MIT-Harvard edX.org platform for teachers who want to increase their appreciation of Mechanics, their problem-solving ability, or who might consider using our pedagogy, automatically graded homework, and hundreds of other free online resources in their class. Those who only want to browse are also welcome.
The course is for those with prior knowledge of Mechanics who want to increase their appreciation of Mechanics, their overview or Mechanics, and their problem-solving ability. Physics teachers and their accomplished students are the target audience. Our pedagogical approach, Modeling Applied to Problem Solving, has publications that show that it improves students’ expertise and performance, and leads to enhanced performance in their subsequent physics course. It has been developed over the last 5 years by Prof. Pritchard’s RELATE group (RELATE stands for REsearch on Learning, Assessing, Tutoring, and Effectively).
This course will be run in the Online Learning Environment created by RELATE. It features hundreds of research-based and homework problems at three levels combined with a short modularized e-textbook containing supplemental videos, simulations, and embedded questions. Discussion forums follow each module and problem, enabling participants to help each other learn. Most of these course materials, together with ~100,000 other resources, are freely available to present or future teachers using the open source learning management system, LON-CAPA.
This course targets physics teachers and their top students. There is a special discussion forum on how to teach this material, Massachusetts teachers can receive Professional Development Points, and all teachers can receive Continuing Education Units from the American Association of Physics Teachers at ½ of their usual rate. Prospective students are encouraged to share this announcement with their colleagues, and to suggest this course to accomplished students or physics teachers whom they think would enjoy and benefit from a more mature overview of mechanics and problem solving.
See the Research: http://RELATE.MIT.edu/physicscourse
Questions: RelateMIT@gmail.com or - Prof. David Pritchard firstname.lastname@example.org 617 253 6812