Transforming a laboratory course for engaging students in scientific practices

Dr Micol Alemani, University of Potsdam

March 18th, 2024, 14.30h – Aula Voci, Department of Physics and Astronomy (entrance from Via Marzolo)

In this workshop, Dr Alemani will describe the process of reconstructing a physics laboratory course, which she accomplished at the University of Potsdam in Germany. The goals that guided course transformation were offering students authentic experiences, fostering the acquisition of scientific skills, and developing expert-like attitudes towards experimental physics. Workshop participants will practice setting skill-based learning goals and developing activities for reaching those goals. Furthermore, Dr Alemani will present examples for assessing students’ learning.

The speaker

Micol Alemani studied physics at the University of Milan and obtained a PhD at the Freie Universität in Berlin, specializing in surface science and nanotechnology. She was a solid-state physics researcher at the University of California Berkeley and Stanford University and taught at California State University. Since 2013, she has focused on physics education research, particularly on studying students’ learning in physics laboratory courses. From 2016 she worked on the conceptual and structural redirection of the introductory physics laboratory courses at the University of Potsdam. Her emphasis is on authentic research experience and students’ acquisition of experimental skills. For her work on renovating physics laboratory courses at the University of Potsdam, she received fellowships for innovation in teaching and teaching awards.

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