Activities for Large Enrollment University Physics
from Southeastern Say:
What is SCALE-UP?
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.
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:
promote collaborative groups, a room has been redesigned to include round
tables instead of desks. This allows two things to happen. First students
can more readily work in groups and second, there is plenty of room for
investigative activities. As you may notice in the picture above, there
really is not a "front" to the room. Instead of lecturing the
whole time, the instructor is near the center of the room so that he/she
can easily access all students.
- Combining Lecture
and Lab: By
combining lecture and lab, there is no longer discrepancies between the two
courses. Also labs are not done on a regular basis but rather when they make
sense. The result is a class that meets for two hours on Monday and Wednesday
and for an hour on Friday. (as opposed to 1 hour on MWF and a 2 hour lab for
the regular 191 sections).
- Technology: The
SCALE-UP course uses technology to enhance learning. The technology used includes,
course material on the web, data collection with computers, simulations, and
I enroll in the SCALE-UP section of PHYS 191?
several benefits to being in the SCALE-UP section of PHYS 191:
- You have a chance to
learn by doing rather than "learn by listening" .
- You will be in a course
that is more closely related to real life situations. You will have real practice
working in groups, using technology, and learning how to learn.
- You will meet people.
In traditional courses, you may never learn the name of anyone in the class.
In the SCALE-UP section you most certainly know other people.
- Hopefully you will gain
a better conceptual understanding of physics - useful for other courses that
use physics also
- You will also improve
your problem solving skills. This is an important skill that employers look
more work than the normal PHYS 191?
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?
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.
other students said about SCALE-UP physics (not here, but at other Universities)?
On the classroom
can deal with the lecture class, it is just that I enjoy...getting more
into the interactive projects. It is more hands-on. If you don't understand
something you just ask the guy next to you, nobody yells at you for talking"
- "...you have
your professor right in the middle and you have a couple guys spread out and
you can flag them down - 'Hey, can you answer this question for me?' In the
lecture, you are sitting 100 rows back, 25 rows back, you really don't have
anyone but the two people next to you and they don't know. You really don't
have anyone with some knowledge to help you out."
On what is learned in SCALE-UP:
- "I actually
know how I learn though SCALE-UP physics...through the way that it is set
up, through the way they taught us by solving problems. It helped me to learn
not some much to get an answer but to actually understand concepts. I also
apply that to the rest of my classes just by taking this class - through all
the teaching we learned how to solve problems and thing through problems."
- "I have studied
for a test with some of the traditional 205 students [students in the traditional
section of physics] and like they always point to the book for everything,
like looking for a formula for everything. [The instructor] makes sure that
we understand the concept, we can almost derive the formula for whatever we
need. And we seem to understand more of the aspects of physics. I definitely
feel that, compared to traditional, we have a more in-depth understanding
and knowledge of what is going on."
Need more information?
Contact: Dr. Rhett Allain
phone: 549 - 2894
office: Pursley Hall 115