Resource Library

The Resource Library contains a collection of higher education learning and teaching materials flowing from projects funded by the Commonwealth of Australia including those from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

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30 resources found for ‘physical sciences’.

A cross-disciplinary approach to language support for first year students in the science disciplines

Felicia Zhang
University of Canberra
2011
University of Canberra
The University of Newcastle, University of Tasmania, University of Technology, Sydney
Final Report Download Document (391.13 KB)
Survey Instruments Download Document (1.54 MB)
Learning Resources Download Document (1.28 MB)

Physclips - multi-level, multi-media resources for teaching first year university physics

George Hatsidimitris, Joe Wolfe
The University of New South Wales
2007
The University of New South Wales

Despite its key position as an enabling discipline, physics content in school and university curricula is decreasing at an alarming rate. There is a real need for essential physics principles to be made widely available to an increasingly diverse group of students and academics. The Physclips package provides an excellent resource that specifically fills this critical gap. This is a very visual, engaging and easy to use introductory series into major physics principles. It takes an unashamedly rigorous approach. One of the outstanding features is the links to explain in an integrated manner, the mathematical principles supporting the physics. Other key features are the use of tutorials and animations. There is a very strong pedagogical foundation. For example, the authors have taken into account cognitive load theory, the use of narration to reinforce the animation and current web design approaches to produce this very sophisticated tool. The modules go into a good level of depth and detail and are designed such that they can be done at an individual’s own pace. This resource will be of use to anyone who wants and alternative platform to learn about the basics of physics and can be used either to support physics classes or to provide refresher or learning activities. Potential users include university and later year school students as well as teacher and academics who would like to refresh their knowledge. From a pedagogical perspective, these clips also act as excellent examples of how physics can be taught in an approachable and engaging manner. This is a user friendly interface that loads quickly and is readily navigable. It is also released through Creative Commons so there are no fees associated with its use. The videos require a Flash player. The clips currently cover Mechanics, Waves and Sound, Electricity and Magnetism. It is not clear whether further modules are planned. There are many physics videos and online resources available on the internet, but these Physclips packages are of the highest standard and will retain their relevance for many years to come.

Forging new directions in physics education in Australian Universities

Les Kirkup, Manjula Sharma
University of Technology, Sydney
2009
University of Technology, Sydney
Sydney

The website consists mainly of components of the final project report and some derived resources that address three priorities: service teaching, laboratory work and employment of physics graduates. These form the three strands of the project.

The report on a survey of service teaching identifies three models of service teaching and outlines differences between student expectations and experiences of service-taught units. The survey found that students' experiences are significantly at variance with their expectations. The outcomes provide very strong evidence that university service teaching physics needs to be examined and reformed. Examples of units where students' experiences matched their expectations are described in Appendix 3 of the final report.

There is also a self-efficacy survey which would be of use in unit reviews.

The strand on laboratory work for physics students consists mostly of reports on workshop meetings, from which many issues were raised but few solutions proposed. The most tangible and immediate outcome of this strand is the depository of physics higher year laboratory experiments in use in Australian universities. This resource provides experiment titles, brief outline and the contact details of their designers/authors. It could prove very valuable in the sharing of and, if engaged with critically, improving of laboratory work.

The report on graduates in the workforce outlines graduates' employment types and graduates' preparedness for work in terms of knowledge and generic attributes. The report will be of interest to physics program managers. A separate document, outlining employment destinations of physics graduates, could be used to motivate or inform potential or current physics students.

Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Development in Physics

David Hills, Manjula Sharma, Alberto Mendez
Monash University
2005
Monash University
Stage 1 Report Download Document (763.64 KB)
Resource Booklet Download Document (404.02 KB)
Final Report Download Document (73.84 KB)

Physclips - multi-level, multi-media resources for teaching first year university physics: Final Report

George Hatsidimitris, Joe Wolfe
The University of New South Wales
2007
The University of New South Wales
Final Report Download Document (559.07 KB)

New perspectives on service teaching: tapping into the student experience

Les Kirkup
University of Technology, Sydney
2009
University of Technology, Sydney
Fellowship report Download Document (695.88 KB)

Physclips II - Waves and sound: an integrated set of multi-level multimedia resources and laboratory experiments: Website

Joe Wolfe, George Hatsidimitris, John Smith
The University of New South Wales
2011
The University of New South Wales

Inquiry-oriented learning in science: transforming practice through forging new partnerships and perspectives

Les Kirkup
University of Technology, Sydney
2013
University of Technology, Sydney
Final Report Download Document (2 MB)
Evaluation Report Download Document (89.66 KB)

Changing the Game in Science and Mathematics Higher Education

Elizabeth Johnson
La Trobe University
2014
La Trobe University
Final report Download Document (1.11 MB)

Forging new directions in physics education in Australian Universities: Report

Les Kirkup, Manjula Sharma
University of Technology, Sydney
2009
University of Technology, Sydney
Sydney
Report Download Document (2.42 MB)

Teaching physics using virtual reality

Craig Savage, Dominic McGrath, Tim McIntyre, Margaret Wegener
The Australian National University
2010
The Australian National University
UQ
Final Report Download Document (1.74 MB)

Physclips II - Waves and sound: an integrated set of multi-level multimedia resources and laboratory experiments: Final Report

Joe Wolfe, George Hatsidimitris, John Smith
The University of New South Wales
2011
The University of New South Wales
Final Report Download Document (8.91 MB)

A threshold concepts focus to curriculum design: supporting student learning through application of variation theory

Gerlese Ă…kerlind , Jo McKenzie , Mandy Lupton
The Australian National University
2011
The Australian National University
Queensland University of Technology, The University of Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney

Overcoming algebraic misconceptions that inhibit students’ progress in mathematical sciences

Caroline Bardini, Robyn Pierce
The University of Melbourne
2014
The University of Melbourne
Final Report Download Document (391.63 KB)

Transitioning biology:secondary to tertiary

Karen Burke da Silva
Flinders University
2014
Flinders University
La Trobe University, Monash University, The University of Melbourne
Final report Download Document (1.35 MB)

Culture of Evidence-based Mathematics Education for New Teachers (CEMENT)

Rosemary Callingham, Kim Beswick
University of Tasmania
2013
University of Tasmania
Charles Darwin University, Flinders University, Murdoch University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, University of New England
Final report Download Document (2.28 MB)

A national discipline-specific professional development program for lecturers and tutors in the mathematical sciences

Tori Vu
Macquarie University
2011
Macquarie University
Final Report Download Document (1.16 MB)

Technology for Nurture in Large Classes

Dr Michael Bulmer
The University of Queensland
2010
The University of Queensland
Fellowship Report Download Document (3.88 MB)

A national curriculum for entomology: capacity-building through collaborative, web-based delivery

David Merritt , Rebecca Morley, Lyn Cook , Nigel Andrew , Geoffrey Gurr , John Jennings , Michael Keller , Helen Spafford
The University of Queensland
2011
The University of Queensland
Charles Sturt University, The University of Adelaide, The University of Western Australia, University of New England

Improving learning in undergraduate physics using integrated 'studio' environments to replace traditional lectures, laboratories and tutorials

Robert D Loss
Curtin University of Technology
1997
Curtin University of Technology
This is a final report for a 1997 National Teaching Development Grant funded by the Committee for University Teaching and Staff Development. The report details the Physics project in 'studio' environments and provides justification and educational rationale for its development.
Final report Download Document (76.04 KB)

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