November 6-8, 2003 (Thurs.-Sat.)

LabVIEW and LabProWorkshop

at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA

This workshop will be lead by Sara Seba from National Instruments, David Vernier and Sam Swartley from Vernier Software & Technology, Thomas O'Kuma from Lee College, and Curtis Hieggelke from Joliet Junior College with Martin Mason as our local workshop host.

One of the Physics Workshops for the 21st Century.

(supported in part by a grant from the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) by the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF))

 Workshop Participant List

 Workshop Participant Arrival Travel List

 Workshop Schedule (html or pdf format)

 Pre-workshop materials

About LabVIEW and Vernier LabPro (html or pdf format) from David Vernier

A Quick Look at LabPro Programming (html or pdf format) from David Vernier

Why Should I Use LabVIEW in Education? (html or pdf format) from Sara Seba

Introduction to LabVIEW slides (html or pdf format) from Sara Seba

 National Instruments has a fine presentation on "Acquire, Analyze, and Present with LabVIEW 7 Express" by Nicole McGarry, Product Marketing Manager, with sound narration. It is free but you may need to register with NI before you get to it. It is located at

 LabVIEW in Physics Education White Paper (pdf) by Urs Lauterburg, University of Bern, Switzerland

 Maps-college or area

 Rooms will be reserved at the Best Western (626-915-1611) at 3275 E. Garvey Ave. West Covina, CA if you return your Accommodations and Transportation Confirmation Form to Martin Mason before Oct 30, 2003.

 Workshop Leaders and Host:

Sara Seba, Academic Marketing Manager, National Instruments, bio;

David Vernier, Vernier Software & Technology, bio;

Sam Swartley, Test Engineer, Vernier Software & Technology, bio;

Tom O'Kuma, Lee College, bio;

Curtis Hieggelke, Joliet Junior College, bio; and

with Martin Mason as the local host bio

External Workshop Link Resources

 Vernier Software & Technology

 LabVIEW Page at Vernier Software & Technology

 National Instruments

 LabVIEW at National Instruments

 LabVIEW Academic resources at National Instruments

 Learning with LabVIEW 7 Express by Robert Bishop ,University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2004, Prentice Hall

 Links to education research related papers

McDermott, L.C.  "How we teach and how students learn--A mismatch?".  American Journal of Physics, 61, 295-298 (1993).

Ted Schultz. "Science Education Through the Eyes of a Physicist". National Academy of Sciences (2001)

Edward F. Redish and Richard N. Steinberg, "Teaching Physics: Figuring Out What Works," Physics Today, Vol. 52 (January 1999), pp. 24-30. 

Edward F. Redish, "Millikan Award Lecture (1998): Building a Science of Teaching Physics," Am. J. Phys. 67 (7) 562-573 (1999).

E. F. Redish, "Are Computers Appropriate for Teaching Physics," Comp. Phys. 7, 613 (Nov/Dec 1993). 

Millar, S.B. (2001). "How Do You Measure Success? Lessons on Assessment and Evaluation from the LEAD Center." Syllabus Vol. 14 No. 7, 11-13. The article includes a full page "case" from LT2 - featuring Curt Hieggelke's courses at Joliet Junior College.

Head of the Class: How teachers learn technology best (Electronic School, January 2001) Professional development programs should focus not on software tools like spreadsheets and word-processors, but on teaching and learning strategies that make a difference in daily practice and that translate into stronger student performance.

 Workshop Links

Skills For a New Century: A Blueprint for Lifelong Learning, outlines the leadership group's vision, recommendations and initial commitments to help American businesses findmore skilled workers and to help all adult Americans acquire the skillsthey need to succeed in a changing economy.

Illinois Skill Standards. A project funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. Supported by partner agencies and administered by the Department of Workforce Education and Development SIUC

National Skill Standards Board The mission of the National Skill Standards Board is to encourage the creation and adoption of a national system of skill standards which will enhance the ability of the United States to compete effectively in a global economy. These voluntary skill standards will be developed by industry in full partnership with education, labor and community stakeholders, and will be flexible, portable and continuously updated and improved.

Washington State Skill Standards. This site is designed to provide information about Washington's Skill Standards projects, link industry partners with schools and colleges, inform individuals about Skill Standards, and link Washington with national efforts

STANDARDS FOR THE Ph.D. DEGREE IN THE MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES, Recommendations of the Committee on Education of The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Oct. 1999)

Vernier Software & Technology which provides low cost education software and lab technology such as computer interfaces. They celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2001. They support the workshops by the optional daily post-workshop discussion sessions for all the workshops in addition to supporting this workshop with workshop leaders and equipment.

 Other resources

Prentice Hall, part of the Pearson Education family of companies, publishes the Ranking Task Exercises in Physics edited by T. O'Kuma, D. Maloney, & C. Hieggelke.

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) also offers outstanding physics education resources and materials. It is the "must-join" professional organization for all physics teachers. Tom O'Kuma was the first two-year college teacher who was elected and served as president of it.

Syllabus Magazine: Syllabus Magazine, read by more than 300,000 educators worldwide, includes feature articles, case studies, product reviews, and profiles of technology use at the instructor, departmental, and institutional levels. Complimentary subscriptions in the US are available for individuals who work in colleges, universities, and high schools.

The Learning Through Technology (LT2) web site was constructed as a resource for Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET) instructors. The site features information designed to provide knowledge on technologies in use, and how this technology can impact and enhance student learning. We focused on technologies with a preference for those that were student-centered, and where the use of this technology had a clear and measurable effect on learning. Joliet Junior College is one of the featured case studies.



the Project Co-Directors

Joliet Junior College
Joliet, IL
(815) 280 2371

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