Professor Natasha Holmes with student

Research

Our research focuses on introductory college-level physics labs. What do students learn? How can we help them learn better? And what does learning in the lab offer that learning in lecture does not? We have been developing labs that introduce students to the nature of scientific measurement while also developing a conceptual understanding of measurement and uncertainty, a procedural toolbox for handling and analyzing data, and critical thinking behaviours to reason about data scientifically.

DBER Video Spotlight:

Physics professor Julia Thom-Levy discusses her experience shifting Mechanics & Thermal Physics to an Active Learning Initiative course.