Olesya Sarajlic

PhD Candidate, Nuclear Physics

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Teaching at GSU

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University (GSU) offers both traditional and "SCALE-UP" model (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies) for algebra and calculus-based introductory physics courses. Students in a SCALE-UP course work in groups on worksheets, labs, and other activities. Most teaching techniques developed by physics education research (PER) and GSU require students to discuss with each other. Given several years of PER, the educators discovered that students learn more if they can explore an idea in a conversation with other students before they are required to internalize the reasoning process.

I have been teaching traditional Undergraduate Physics Labs since January of 2010. In January of 2014, the Department begins to work on implimenting the SCALE-UP approach in calculus-based Introductory Physics courses, where I started as one of the instuctors for the course.