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Distance Learning: Electricity and Magnetism available spring 2016

There has been a lot of interest in having distance learning “second” Modeling Workshops for Modelers who really want to experience second semester conceptual model development (in physics and chemistry) using Modeling curriculum resources in a workshop setting with experienced instructors. In light of this, AMTA will offer a 45-hour Distance Learning E&M Modeling Workshop led by Matt Scheffler and David Weaver.

E & M iconThe course will run on Wednesdays from Feb. 3 through May 11, 2016, with synchronous class meetings:

  • 4:00-7:00 PM Pacific
  • 5:00-8:00 PM Mountain
  • 6:00-9:00 PM Central
  • 7:00-10:00 PM Eastern,

The course will run for 15 consecutive weeks which will require three hours per week during the aforementioned times for synchronous communications as well as at least three additional hours per week for individual and virtual group work. Regardless of whether you sign up for graduate credit or not, we expect you bring your Modeling “A” game each week and interact both in class and out of class like we all expect from our students. If you don’t have at least 6 hours per week to devote to this course, you should probably wait until you can attend a traditional face-to-face course.

Prerequisites: A distance learning course is a different learning experience from a face-to-face Modeling Workshop. It assumes participants are familiar with Modeling discourse management, classroom culture and the design of the learning environment in a Modeling classroom. For this reason we do not recommend that you take this course if you have never before taken a Modeling Workshop. But if you’ve been wishing you could make it to another workshop and just couldn’t manage the logistics, this could be just what you have been looking for. Nothing beats a face-to-face workshop, but if that’s not possible for you, this will be a solid alternative.

Here is David’s description of the course:

E&M Distance Learning Modeling Workshop (not an oxymoron)

Matt Scheffler, who teaches at Wheaton Warrenville South HS, and I are offering a distance learning E&M modeling workshop for 4 graduate credits, starting in February.

Matt is an experienced modeler who’s taught this face to face (F2F) modeling workshop and I’ve taught online college physics courses for 7+ years. We’re hopeful that this course will be a major addition to your professional development.

I much prefer to teach F2F… really! But, some of my best students ever, have been online and they would have never taken one of my F2F courses because of timing/location. I am often asked by online students to write letters of recommendation for them for med school, grad school, etc.,because the student thinks I know them better in an online course than any of their other science F2F courses.

I think this course will be a blast, so sign up soon!

Distance Learning: Electricity and Magnetism online spring 2016Below are responses to questions raised by readers of the Modeling email lists:

  • The course costs $675 ($735 for non-AMTA members)  to enroll through AMTA click this link .
  • We will only accept 24 participants.
  • If you wish to also get graduate credit, it is through Aurora University for $100/credit ($400) more. It is an accredited university, so the credits should apply to both degree and salary advancement.
  • You will likely have to use a variety of materials to do lab kinds of stuff that you will probably have access to, but might need to purchase if your lab doesn’t have them (we’ll try to keep that cost to under $100 if you have to buy it all).
  • Matt has taught the F2F more than once, so the curriculum exists, kind of… Turning this in to an on-line course will take some work, but we haven’t started on that yet. If we don’t get 15 participants, we can’t run this, so we haven’t jumped way in to the mod mode in case it doesn’t make. So, any specific questions about the course specifics are hard to answer at this point. You will do the modeling curriculum and then we will meta-cognate (is that even a word?) about how to deliver it to your students.
  • We will do our best to integrate at least a bit of calculus as appropriate for those teaching AP C, but don’t let that be a barrier as there will be non-calc versions of everything.

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