Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT), an interactive pedagogy constructed around
current internet technologies, is one of the few approaches that has been shown
to produce positive cognitive gains.
We have assessed studentsí understanding of mechanics after instruction, and
thus far the results are remarkably encouraging.
Actively engaged students are better prepared for class, are better
motivated to learn the material, and perform better on standardized assessment
What to do next?
Continue the study of intro physics. We are in the middle of our
intro teaching assignment turnover. This means a wider variety of
instruction techniques will be studied.
Study the effect of JiTT and Physlets in modern physics and senior-level
quantum mechanics. We have begun this study---using materials developed
for an ACS TwT Fellowship---in quantum mechanics and will have preliminary
results in December (We will look at gain on the QMVI).