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TEAL at MIT: An Active Learning Physics Program Highlights for High School in Italy “Information & Training” per le attività di tirocinio A.S. 2010/2011 Torino, 20 – 21 dicembre 2010 Dr. Peter Dourmashkin MIT. Discussion of Open Courseware Quick Sketch of TEAL Outline of Workshop Activities

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TEAL at MIT: An Active Learning Physics ProgramHighlights for High Schoolin Italy“Information & Training” per le attività di tirocinio A.S. 2010/2011Torino, 20 – 21 dicembre 2010Dr. Peter DourmashkinMIT
Discussion of Open Courseware

Quick Sketch of TEAL

Outline of Workshop Activities



open course ware

Open Course Ware



Blossoms Learning Goals

Different and exciting perspective on topic

Teach abstract concepts through observation, experience and discussion

Stimulate the development of critical and creative thinking skills

Generate interest in subjects considered dry and abstract

Blossoms Methodology

Enhance classes

Students watch short video clip (< 5 min)

Engage in learning activity led by class teacher but provided by video lecturer with specific learning objectives

Teacher provides closure to exercise and discussion

Watch next clip and continue process

Blossoms Videos


Physics: Paola Rebusco Soap Bubbles




highlights for high school

Highlights for High School

highlights for high school learning objectives
Show science demonstrations by MIT faculty in your classroom.

Provide alternate explanations to reinforce key concepts.

Guide students to additional homework problems and exam examples.

Highlights for High SchoolLearning Objectives

highlights for high school materials
High School Courses Developed by MIT

Lab Courses and Materials 8.01X and 8.02X


Video Demonstrations

Exam Preparation Materials

Build Stuff

Save the World D-Lab

English Writing Courses

Highlights for High SchoolMaterials

ocw scholar taking off jan 1 2011

OCW ScholarTaking Off Jan 1 2011

OCW Scholar Learning Objectives

Provide self paced modules for students to

learn Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism

Provide complete topic based modules for teachers

to use in classroom

OCW Scholar Module Structure

Learning Objectives


Course Notes 2. Video Lecture Clips

Guided Activities

1. Lecture Slides 2. Checkpoint Problems

Self Assessment

1. Concept Quizzes 2. Challenge Problems

Related Resources

mit physics education innovation
MIT Physics Education Innovation

Ned Franck (left)

Introduction to Mechanics of Heat

John Slater Department Head

Jerrold Zacharias (left) and Francis Friedman

Physical Science Study Committee PSSC

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MIT Physics Education Innovation

John King

8.01x Hands-on



Phil Morrison

Conceptual: Physics for Poets

A.P. French

Series of Introductory Textbooks

TEALTechnology Enabled

Active Learning

some goals of science education
(Some) Goals of Science Education

Develop next generation of scientists and science teachers

Develop scientific literacy so that the next generation is capable of making informed decisions on issues arising from complex systems, for example environmental change, management of finite resources, development of renewable energy sources

Develop expert problem solvers to tackle complex problems that face society

Develop intellectual curiosity about scientific thought


what is teal
What is TEAL?

Technology-Enabled Active Learning

A merger of presentations, tutorials, and hands-on laboratory experience into a technologically and

collaboratively rich environment

why change
Why Change?
  • Introductory physics courses have inherent problems

“Our physics courses are actually teaching many students that physics knowledge is just the claim of an arbitrary authority, that physics does not apply to anything outside the classroom, and that physics problem solving is just about memorizing answers to irrelevant problems.”

Carl Wieman, American Physical Society News, Nov. 2007 (Vol 16,No. 10)

learning objectives1
Learning Objectives
  • Move away from passive lecture format to active studio learning environment
  • Enhance conceptual understanding
  • Enhance problem-solving abilities
  • Incorporate hands-on experiments that develop project-based/research lab learning skills
broader educational learning objectives
Broader Educational Learning Objectives
  • Develop communication skills in core sciences
  • Develop collaborative learning
  • Reduce gender gap
  • Develop new teaching/learning resources based on scientific standards of research
transforming the learning space teal classroom
Transforming the Learning Space: TEAL Classroom
  • Collaborative learning (Modeled after NCSU’s Scale-Up Classroom)
    • 9 Students work together at each table of 9 students each
    • Form groups of 3 students that work collaboratively
rethinking teaching roles
Rethinking Teaching Roles

Instructor no longer delivers material but focuses on student learning

Measures learning outcomes

Motivates student and instills passion for learning

components of active learning class teal
Components of Active Learning Class: TEAL
  • ConcepTests: Peer Instruction with Clickers
  • On-line Visualizations
  • Interactive Presentations with Demos
  • Desktop Experiments
  • Extensive Problem Solving Opportunities
develop conceptual understanding
Develop Conceptual Understanding
  • Inquiry based on Discovery
  • Use of ConcepTests and Peer Instruction
  • Hands-on Experiments that Emphasize Concepts
  • Multiple Representations of Concepts
Visualizations and Simulations: Address Core Misconceptions

Question: Is the enclosed charge the source of the electric field in Gauss’s Law?

Enclosed charge is not the source of the electric field

Visualizations and Simulations:

Address Core Misconceptions

Enclosed charge is not the source of the electric field

introduce difficult mathematical concepts mathlets
Introduce Difficult Mathematical Concepts: Mathlets

Developers: Jean-Michel Claus, Prof. Haynes Miller (Math Department), Dr. Peter Dourmashkin

in class presentations
In-Class Presentations
  • Peer Instruction: Concept Questions using ‘clickers’
  • Short Group/Table Problems with student presentation of work at boards
  • Mini-Presentations using whiteboards (or slides)
Networked laptops with data acquisition links between laptop and experiments

Hands-On Experiments

problem solving1
Problem Solving

MIT Education requires solving 10,000 Problems

Measure understanding in technical and scientific courses

Regular practice

Expert Problem Solvers:

Problem solving requires factual and procedural knowledge, knowledge of numerous models, plus skill in overall problem solving.

Problems should not ‘lead students by the nose” but integrate synthetic and analytic understanding

work in progress
Work in Progress

Highlights for High School MIT Italy Program: International Cooperative Teaching Effort

Improve Teacher Training Program

Support Student Peer Instruction Culture

Integrate Student Pre-class Preparation Work with Learning Objectives

Continue to Develop Teaching Resources

Develop Data Acquisition Technology to Measure Real World Activities Using Student Driven Experiments

workshop activities preview
Discussion and Questions Regarding Today’s Session

Learning Objectives and Design of Curriculum

Learning Space Design

Develop Active Learning in the Classroom

Group Dynamics: Strategies for Improvement

Eliminate Science Gender Gap

Rethink Teaching Roles: Culture Change

Develop Teaching Resources

Creative Problem Solving Opportunities

Workshop Activities Preview

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