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From experiment to publication in one semester: a lecture course model on the basis of a photonic researcher's every-day tasks
Author(s): Christoph Gerhard; Stephan Wieneke

Paper Abstract

We report on a lecture course model that we established three semesters ago in order to strengthen practice-orientated teaching in optics and photonics: In the frame of the lecture “Advanced Laser Treatment”, which is a mandatory course of our university’s master degree curriculum, students now have the possibility to experience a researcher’s every-day tasks. In small groups, the attendees work on a self-contained topic which is defined by the lecturers. The work load and content is in the scale of a small work package of a usual research project. It includes the initial research on the state of the art, the experimentation using different laser sources, and the subsequent evaluation of the obtained results. On the basis of this work, the students then prepare a draft of a scientific paper and finally present their results and findings orally in a conference-like exam. This lecture course model has turned out to be an appropriate teaching method for practice-orientated subjects. It was observed that the students are much more motivated and work more independently than during a classical lecture with a certain amount of lab work. Having sole responsibility supports to identify with their project. Further, this lecture course model helps to develop scientific work skills, attain first experience in every-day research tasks and encourages creativity. In some cases, the paper drafts written by the students can even be published, representing a valuable starting point for their future professional career.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2015
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9793, Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015, 97932R (8 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2223235
Show Author Affiliations
Christoph Gerhard, HAWK, Univ. of Applied Sciences and Arts (Germany)
Stephan Wieneke, HAWK, Univ. of Applied Sciences and Arts (Germany)


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

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