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WFU Physics Colloquium

TITLE: Innovations and Assessments: Teaching Science at Wake Forest and Beyond

SPEAKERS: Professors Albert Rives, Allen Brown, Jack Dostal, and Jed Macosko,

Departments of Chemistry, Online Education, and Physics,
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

TIME: Wednesday March 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM

PLACE: Room 101 Olin Physical Laboratory

Refreshments will be served at 3:30 PM in the Olin Lounge. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend.


Several new teaching initiatives are in the works in the Physics and Chemistry departments at Wake Forest. This talk will highlight their progress.

  • ChemBook aims to be an online textbook suitable for a wide variety of levels-of-student-backgrounds, while also dealing with a core of information that incorporates features derived from student input.
  • The flipped classroom has gotten much attention in our Physics department, and there is now documentation from introductory physics that shows its benefit to our students.
  • Presenting material in 3D and virtual reality (VR) has become common in gaming and is now working its way into education. We will demonstrate some possibilities on our newly acquired joint CS-Physics VR system.

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100 Olin Physical Laboratory
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7507
Phone: (336) 758-5337, FAX: (336) 758-6142