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Looking forward: teaching optics in the 21st century
Author(s): Adolf W. Lohmann

Paper Abstract

The teaching of optics will become more difficult in the future because the amount of teaching material is increasing rapidly for two reasons: new facts about optics evolve at a rapid rate; understanding the adjacent disciplines becomes more important since optics will be engaged increasingly in interdiciplinary activities. The capacity of the human brain will not increase. The situation is not hopeless, however, for three reasons: the fundamentals of optics will not grow or change drastically, in my opinion; the advancing technologies of computing and communicating may be used more intensively in support of teaching; improvements are possible, if more teamwork is utilized in education. Learning as a team and also teaching by a team is more efficient than traditional procedures. * temporary, ** permanent affiliation

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1992
PDF: 21 pages
Proc. SPIE 1603, Education in Optics, (1 March 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.57830
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Adolf W. Lohmann, NEC Research Institute and Univ. of Erlangen (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1603:
Education in Optics
Gregory B. Altshuler; Brian J. Thompson, Editor(s)

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