Physics education workshops

The Physics Education Group (PEG) is excited to present the opportunity for physicists to attend education workshops designed for physicists by physicists. These workshops do not assume any familiarity with teaching pedagogy.

The first workshop on assessment will be facilitated by A. Prof. Liz Angstmann. This is designed for people convening physics courses. We will discuss online assessments from before and during the pandemic, how online assessment is being conducted around the country, what is (and what is not) working well online, and strategies that can be used to detect cases in which students have not acted with academic integrity. We will consider what should remain online and what needs to be invigilated face-to-face as restrictions on students coming to campus are eased.

The second workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Kate Jackson. This workshop is designed for physics Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows who want to learn more about evidence-based teaching practices in online and face-to-face courses. We will discuss the fundamentals of active learning techniques, different evidence-based strategies for achieving active learning in online and face-to-face classes, and practical, achievable takeaways for new teachers to start practicing active learning techniques with their students.


A. Prof. Elizabeth Angstmann has been the First Year Director in the School of Physics at UNSW since 2011. Liz has a lot of experience designing assessments for both face-to-face and online courses, and is passionate about the professional development of university and high school physics educators. Liz is the current Chair of the Physics Education Group of the Australian Institute of Physics. Her work is recognised through the award of an Australian Award for University citation in 2018 and the AIP Education Medal in 2020.

Dr. Kate Jackson is an Education Focused Lecturer, Early Career Academic, and Deputy First Year Director in the School of Physics at UNSW Sydney. She completed her PhD in theoretical astrophysics at Monash University (Melbourne), has worked in educational design, and has experience teaching large cohorts in astrophysics, physics, and biophysics. Kate is currently developing an evidence-based learning assistant training program that aims to develop the pedagogical knowledge and teaching skills of undergraduate teaching assistants.