Physics Workshop Project

A Project of Joliet Junior College (IL), Lee College (TX) and the National Science Foundation

2009 Excellence in Physics Education Award

was received from the American Physical Society in Denver on May 3, 2009

"For leadership in introducing physicists in two-year colleges to new instructional methods, in developing new materials based on physics education research, and in fostering faculty networking, particularly in two-year colleges."

This group award was presented to the

Two Year College Workshop Team

Curtis J. Hieggelke, Joliet Junior College (Joliet, Illinois)

Thomas L. O'Kuma, Lee College (Baytown, Texas)

David P. Maloney, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

 2009 Excellence in Physics Education Award Invited Talk PowerPoint Slides at the APS April Meeting in Denver on May 3, 2009

Physics at the Community College by Thomas L. O'Kuma (pdf, QT movie, or web link)

Revitalizing Introductory Physics at Community Colleges and More.... by Curtis J. Hieggelke (note large file- pdf, QT movie, or web link)

Promoting Incremental Research-based Instructional Innovation by David P. Maloney (pdf or QT movie)

Physics Workshops for the 21st Century
supported in part by a grant (#0101589) from the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) of
the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF)

This program provided a series of faculty professional development workshops for high school and two-year college teachers who teach the core physics courses for technology and other programs. These workshops cover the major developments in teaching and learning strategies that have emerged in the last few years.

Since 1991, this project has held over 60 workshops at more than 18 sites in 13 states that have served well over 1000 participants from 46 states. In the last several years, there have been twenty-three different workshops connecting physics and technician education at five different sites. 

Workshops for TYC and HS physics teachers are now being offered by Lee College (TX) and Estrella Mountain CC (AZ). Information can be found at

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 Major Projects by Participants

Development of LabVIEW Controllers for Physics Laboratory Exercises by Kent Reinhard from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska

Using Just-in-Time-Teaching Techniques in an Algebra-based Physics Class by James E. Heath, Jr. from Austin Community College in Austin, Texas

Alternating Current and Voltage Circuit Project (A Microcomputer Based Laboratories Using Logger-Pro Interface ) by Imad A. El-Jeaid at Middle Georgia College in Cochran, GA

Quantum Physics Module for an Introductory Physics Course for Technology Students by Kai Druh from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa

Using GPS to Analyze Real Life Motion in Introductory Mechanics by J.B. Sharma from Gainesville College in Gainesville, Georgia

Waves and Sound using LabVIEW and LabPro by Martin S. Mason from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California

Can You Explain This? - Conceptual Exercises for Physics Students by Christopher Wozny from Waycross College in Waycross, Georgia

VideoPoint Analysis of Bicycle Motion by Chuck Stone, Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, NC

Very Large Contexts (VLC) in Physics by David Weaver of Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Mesa, AZ

Analysis of Motion: An Introductory Tutorial by David G. Iadevaia, from Pima County Community College, Tuscon, AZ

 E&M TIPERs: Electricity & Magnetism Tasks by Curtis Hieggelke, David Maloney, Stephen Kanim, and Thomas O'Kuma.This is the most complete set of conceptual exercises (tasks) available for electricity and magnetism. This workbook contains OVER 300 tasks that  focus on conceptual understanding and reinforce the sense that the ideas of science have coherence and power that extends beyond the facts and equations.

 Ranking Task Exercises in Physics: Student Edition by Thomas O'Kuma, David Maloney, and Curtis Hieggelke (new in 2004 and published by Prentice Hall as part of the Series in Educational Innovation)

 CaFD Newsletters (in PDF format) includes the latest edition

 Workshops by year (1991-2005)

 Workshops by Grant

 TIPERs (Tasks Inspired by Physics Education Research).

 Conceptual Survey(s) on Electricity & Magnetism

 National Engineering Technology Education Clearinghouse

 ATE related web sites

 Virtual TIPERs Karim Diff


Joliet Junior College
Physics Workshop Project
Natural Science Department
1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431-8938
or call (815) 773-9359

For additional information regarding these workshops or project, contact the Project Co-Directors



Curtis Hieggelke
Joliet Junior College
Joliet, IL

Thomas O'Kuma
Lee College
Baytown, TX
(281) 425-6522