Effective teaching/evaluation of remote physics labs

Dr. Simon de Vet
Physics and Atmospheric Science
Dalhousie University

With the transition to online teaching, introductory physics labs were a challenge. How can 500+ first-year students learn proper experimental lab skills if they can't enter the lab? How can we consistently evaluate this work and provide feedback? I decided to develop experiments that could be completed at home using household items at no cost. Without expensive equipment, students can still learn about data collection, uncertainties, graphing and analysis, and develop meaningful conclusions. Student work would be submitted and graded online.

In this presentation I'll discuss all aspects of the online lab - development of six new experiments, providing instruction at a distance, offering help, digital submission of reports, and online rubric grading by a team of eight teaching assistants.

Lunch & Learn sessions are informal interactive sessions that begin with a short presentation followed by a group discussion of the topic. Please feel free to bring your lunch, and be prepared to turn on your mic and/or camera for an engaging discussion!



Training & Professional Development




Online via Microsoft Teams Meetings