27 September 2016 Active learning in optics and photonics
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Active learning in optics and photonics (ALOP) is a program of the International Basic Sciences Program at UNESCO, in collaboration with the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and supported by SPIE, which is designed to help teachers in the developing world attract and retain students in the physical sciences. Using optics and photonics, it naturally attracts the interest of students and can be implemented using relatively low cost technologies, so that it can be more easily reproduced locally. The active learning methodology is student-centered, meaning the teachers give up the role of lecturer in favor of guiding and facilitating a learning process in which students engage in hands-on activities and active peer-peer discussions, and is shown to effectively enhance basic conceptual understanding of physics.
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Joseph J. Niemela, "Active learning in optics and photonics", Proc. SPIE 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV, 99460L (27 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2239579; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2239579
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