Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment University Physics

What Students from Southeastern Say:

What is SCALE-UP?

The primary goal of the Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment University Physics (SCALE-UP) Project is to improve the physics curriculum. Specifically the project establishes a highly collaborative, hands-on, computer-rich, interactive learning environment in large-enrollment physics courses.

The basic philosophy of the SCALE-UP approach is that students learn by doing, they do not learn by listening to an instructor. This is accomplished by the unique features of the SCALE-UP course:

Why should I enroll in the SCALE-UP section of PHYS 191?

There are several benefits to being in the SCALE-UP section of PHYS 191:

Is SCALE-UP more work than the normal PHYS 191?

The SCALE-UP course is not more work, but it is also not less than other 191 sections. In the SCALE-UP course you will be doing a lot of work in class with other students and with the instructor. In a normal 191 course, you may be doing much of this work at home without any assistance.

How do I enroll in the SCALE-UP section of PHYS 191?

Since the SCALE-UP course requires that you enroll in both the lecture (phys 191) and the lab (plab 193) at the same time, you must be manually added to the enrollment list. You can do this by seeing Dr. Rhett Allain in Pursely Hall 115.

Why do I have to take the lab also?

For all physics lectures you SHOULD be taking the lab also - these two course are designed to compliment each other. For the SCALE-UP section, there is no distinction between "class" time and "lab" time so it would be impossible for someone to register for just the "lecture" part of SCALE-UP.

What have other students said about SCALE-UP physics (not here, but at other Universities)?

On the classroom design:

On what is learned in SCALE-UP:

Need more information?

Contact: Dr. Rhett Allain

email: rallain@selu.edu

phone: 549 - 2894

office: Pursley Hall 115