The Chicago Section of the American Association 

of  Physics Teachers

Fall Meeting 2020 

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

Virtual Meeting - Joint with ISAAPT
Tentative Schedule

8:30-9:00 am Registration
9:00-12:00 Invited and Contributed Talks
12:00-12:30 Business Meeting

Abstract Submission (deadline October 30th)

If you have any questions, please contact one of the officers - contact information can be found at left. 

Due to continued travel restrictions and the current state of the COVID pandemic, the Chicago Section meeting originally scheduled for Lewis University this fall will be held virtually (on Zoom) and jointly with ISAAPT.

Invited Talk: A national study of the transition to remote teaching of physics labs by Dr. Jessica R. Hoehn


    During Spring 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physics instructors had to rapidly transition to teaching physics labs remotely. We are conducting a national study to:

(a) document the variety of creative approaches instructors have taken to enable students to access laboratory-like learning remotely, and

(b) measure the impact of this transition to remote learning on students’ beliefs about experimental physics.     In this talk, we will present the initial results from survey and interview data collected from both students and instructors in Spring 2020. We will provide recommendations for teaching remote or hybrid (in-person and remote) physics lab courses, with specific attention to ensuring that the courses remain equitable and inclusive. 

Bio: Dr. Jessica Hoehn is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her PhD in Physics Education Research from CU in 2019, studying ontological, epistemological, and social aspects of students’ reasoning in quantum mechanics. Dr. Hoehn’s current research projects include studying the role of writing in lab classes, exploring how student-designed multi-week lab projects can support students’ views about the nature of experimental physics, and investigating the connections between students’ epistemologies and engagement in group work.