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Workshop on active learning: two examples
Author(s): Zohra Ben Lakhdar; Souad Lahmar; Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan

Paper Abstract

Optics is an enabling science that has far ranging importance in many diverse fields. However, many students do not find it to be of great interest. A solution to this problem is to train teachers in active learning methodologies so that the subject matter can be presented to generate student interest. We describe a workshop to present an example of an active learning process in Optics developed for training of teachers in developing countries (a UNESCO project) and will focus on 2 two different activities: 1. Interference and diffraction is considered by students as being very hard to understand and is taught in most developing countries as purely theoretical with almost no experiments. Simple experiments to enhance the conceptual understanding of these wave phenomena will be presented and 2. Image formation by the eye. Here we will discuss myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism as well as accommodation. In this module we will discuss image. The objective of the workshop will be to provide an experience of the use of the active learning method in optics including the use of experiments, mind’s on and hands-on exercises, group and class discussions

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 928929 (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070726
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Zohra Ben Lakhdar, Univ. de Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)
Souad Lahmar, Institut Préparatoire aux études Scientifiques et Techniques (Tunisia)
Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9289:
12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
Manuel F. P. C. Martins Costa; Mourad Zghal, Editor(s)

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