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Active learning in optics and photonics: experiences in Africa
Author(s): M. Alarcon; E. Arthurs; Z. Ben Lakhdar; I. Culaba; V. Lakshminarayanan; J. Maquiling; A. Mazzolini; J. Niemela; D. Sokoloff

Paper Abstract

The UNESCO Active Learning in Optics and Photonics project is designed for the benefit of teachers of introductory university physics from developing countries. Initial implementation has taken place in two African nations, Ghana and Tunisia. The training curriculum includes student materials to teach topics in geometrical and physical optics in an active way with a high level of student involvement in the learning process. The curriculum makes use of simple, inexpensive materials. A conceptual learning assessment instrument is being developed as part of the project. Follow-up activities are planned. Experiences of the international group of workshop trainers are reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2005
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 9664, Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 96641Y (24 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.2207699
Show Author Affiliations
M. Alarcon, UNESCO (France)
E. Arthurs, SPIE (United States)
Z. Ben Lakhdar, Univ. El Manar (Tunisia)
I. Culaba, Ateneo de Manila Univ. (Philippines)
V. Lakshminarayanan, Univ. of Missouri (United States)
J. Maquiling, Ateneo de Manila Univ. (Philippines)
A. Mazzolini, Swinburne Univ. of Technology (Australia)
J. Niemela, Abdus Salam International Ctr. for Theoretical Physics (Italy)
D. Sokoloff, Univ. of Oregon (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9664:
Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
François Flory, Editor(s)

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