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Innovative education networking aimed at multimedia tools for geometrical optics learning

Paper Abstract

We present a purposeful initiative to open new grounds for teaching Geometrical Optics. It is based on the creation of an innovative education networking involving academic staff from three Spanish universities linked together around Optics. Nowadays, students demand online resources such as innovative multimedia tools for complementing the understanding of their studies. Geometrical Optics relies on basics of light phenomena like reflection and refraction and the use of simple optical elements such as mirrors, prisms, lenses, and fibers. The mathematical treatment is simple and the equations are not too complicated. But from our long time experience in teaching to undergraduate students, we realize that important concepts are missed by these students because they do not work ray tracing as they should do. Moreover, Geometrical Optics laboratory is crucial by providing many short Optics experiments and thus stimulating students interest in the study of such a topic. Multimedia applications help teachers to cover those student demands. In that sense, our educational networking shares and develops online materials based on 1) video-tutorials of laboratory experiences and of ray tracing exercises, 2) different online platforms for student self-examinations and 3) computer assisted geometrical optics exercises. That will result in interesting educational synergies and promote student autonomy for learning Optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9793, Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015, 97930L (8 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2223077
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P. García-Martínez, Univ. de València (Spain)
C. J. Zapata-Rodríguez, Univ. de València (Spain)
C. Ferreira, Univ. de València (Spain)
I. Fernández, Univ. de València (Spain)
D. Pastor, Univ. de València (Spain)
M. Nasenpour, Univ. de València (Spain)
I. Moreno, Univ. Miguel Hernández de Elche (Spain)
M. M. Sánchez-López, Univ. Miguel Hernández de Elche (Spain)
J. Espinosa, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)
D. Mas, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)
J. J. Miret, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9793:
Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015

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