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Active learning in optics and photonics (ALOP): a model for teacher training and professional development

[+] Author Affiliations
Minella Alarcon

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (France)

Zohra Ben Lakhdar

Univ. El Manar (Tunisia)

Ivan Culaba, Joel Maquiling

Ateneo de Manila Univ. (Philippines)

Souad Lahmar

Institut Preparatoire aux Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques (Tunisia)

Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan

Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)

Alexander P. Mazzolini

Swinburne Univ. of Technology (Australia)

Joseph Niemela

The Abdus Salam International Ctr. for Theoretical Physics (Italy)

Proc. SPIE 7783, Optics Education and Outreach, 778303 (August 20, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.860708
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  • Optics Education and Outreach
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  • San Diego, California, United States | August 01, 2010

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Based on physics education goals adopted at the 2005 World Conference on Physics and Sustainable Development, the workshop on "Active learning in optics and photonics (ALOP)" has been described as a model for teacher training and professional development. This paper describes the basic philosophy and elements of the workshop and how it has served physics teachers in schools and introductory college/university in the developing world. Its main philosophy of fostering modern hands-on learning techniques-- adapted to local culture, needs and availability of teaching resources-- is elaborated. The workshop provides the participants with a conceptual evaluation instrument, drawn from relevant physics education research, giving teachers an important tool to measure student learning.

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Laws, P., "A Lens into the World," AAPT Interactions, 38(1), 20-23 (2008).
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Alarcon, M., Arthurs, E., Ben Lakhdar, Z., Culaba, I., Lakshminarayanan, V., Maquiling, J., Mazzolini, A., Niemela, J., Sokoloff, D., "Active Learning in Optics and Photonics: Achievements and Outcomes to Date," Presented at the 2007 ETOP Conference, Ottawa, Canada.
Alarcon, M., Arthurs, E., Ben Lakhdar, Z., Culaba, I., Lakshminarayanan, V., Maquiling, J., Mazzolini, A., Niemela, J., Sokoloff, D., "Active Learning in Optics and Photonics: Experiences in Africa," ETOP040, Proceedings of the 2005 ETOP Conference, 161/416 - 163/416 (2005).
Alarcon, M., "Capacity building in Optics and Photonics by international collaboration," EWB1, Proceedings of the 2003 ETOP Conference.
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Minella Alarcon ; Zohra Ben Lakhdar ; Ivan Culaba ; Souad Lahmar ; Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan ; Alexander P. Mazzolini ; Joel Maquiling and Joseph Niemela
"Active learning in optics and photonics (ALOP): a model for teacher training and professional development", Proc. SPIE 7783, Optics Education and Outreach, 778303 (August 20, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.860708; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.860708


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Laws, P., "A Lens into the World," AAPT Interactions, 38(1), 20-23 (2008).
http://www.uis.unesco.org, "New UIS projections on teacher shortages"
Alarcon, M., Arthurs, E., Ben Lakhdar, Z., Culaba, I., Lakshminarayanan, V., Maquiling, J., Mazzolini, A., Niemela, J., Sokoloff, D., "Active Learning in Optics and Photonics: Achievements and Outcomes to Date," Presented at the 2007 ETOP Conference, Ottawa, Canada.
Alarcon, M., Arthurs, E., Ben Lakhdar, Z., Culaba, I., Lakshminarayanan, V., Maquiling, J., Mazzolini, A., Niemela, J., Sokoloff, D., "Active Learning in Optics and Photonics: Experiences in Africa," ETOP040, Proceedings of the 2005 ETOP Conference, 161/416 - 163/416 (2005).
Alarcon, M., "Capacity building in Optics and Photonics by international collaboration," EWB1, Proceedings of the 2003 ETOP Conference.
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