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SmartPhysics Full Online Course

Timothy Stelzer (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) , Mats Selen (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) , Gary Gladding (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4641-3322-0; ISBN-13: 978-1-4641-3322-0; Format: Internet/Online

smart instructors. smart students. smartPhysics.

Developed by Professors Tim Stelzer, Mats Selen, and Gary Gladding, smartPhysics is a fully integrated learning environment that maximizes the effectiveness of the calculus-based physics course for students and instructors alike, smartPhysics features animated PreLectures that introduce students to concepts and check for understanding, peer instruction elements and i>clicker integration, a narrative-focused textbook that emphasizes key concepts, and a robust online homework system complete with interactive tutorials and a sophisticated feedback mechanism. With nearly a decade of research and development, smartPhysics provides detailed, real-time information that instructors can use to create a meaningful and memorable learning experience.

Why smartPhysics?
1. It works
The research supporting the efficacy of SmartPhysics has been published:
• American Journal of Physics (February 2009, Volume 77, Issue 2, pp. 184-190): Comparing the
efficacy of multimedia modules with traditional textbooks for learning introductory physics content
• American Journal of Physics (in press): Multimedia learning modules’ impact on an introductory
course on electricity and magnetism
• American Journal of Physics (accepted May 11, 2010): Using multimedia modules to better prepare
students for introductory physics lecture
Thousands of students across the country have used the system with positive results.
2. It makes the best use of instructor and student time
smartPhysics streamlines the progression through the learning experience, making each aspect of the course—before, during, and after lecture—more valuable. smartPhysics is an integrated system built to take advantage of each individual resource, utilizing the best medium to facilitate understanding.
3. It provides the information you need to create a better classroom experience
Results from the entire system, from the PreLecture through to the Homework System are reported in the smartPhysics grade book, allowing instructors to easily track student progress and understanding. The grade book provides detailed, real-time information on student activity and performance, connecting each component of the course in a one-stop location where instructors can access and analyze student data.