Summary of Resources

Summary of distance education and online learning resources discussed at the workshop

This appendix lists the resources discussed during the workshop. Contacts are either users or developers of the resources.

Bookboon is a provider of free ebooks and etextbooks that have advertisements.
Contact: Ulrich Zurcher, Cleveland State University

Camtasia is screencapture and video editing software that allows instructors to draw freehand on top of PowerPoint slides.
Contact: Bruce Mason, University of Oklahoma

Compadre is an online repository for educational resources in physics and astronomy, administered by the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Astronomical Society, the American Institute of Physics/Society of Physics Students (AIP/SPS), and APS.
Contact: Bruce Mason, University of Oklahoma

Connexions is one of the largest repositories of open online educational materials, with about 20,000 resources available. It is affiliated with OpenStax College, a nonprofit that develops free, peer-reviewed online textbooks.
Contact: David Harris, OpenStax College

Google Moderator is a tool for crowdsourcing questions and topics from class, which allows them to vote on which question they found most interesting.
Contact: Andy Rundquist, Hamline University

GroupMe is a texting listserv that allows professors to communicate with classes using texts instead of email.
Contact: Andy Rundquist, Hamline University

Intro Physics I with Lab is an example from Georgia Tech of a blended MOOC/online course with a lab.
Contact: Michael F. Schatz, Georgia Tech

Jing is free software that records your screen as a picture or video, which allows instructors to make screencasts.
Contact: Andy Rundquist, Hamline University

MasteringPhysics is an online platform offering homework, tutorials, and assessment in physics, primarily for the introductory levels.
Contact: David Kokorowski, Effective Educational Technologies

MERLOT (MultiMedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) offers free, peer-reviewed course materials.
Contact: Bruce Mason, University of Oklahoma

The Open Courseware Consortium publishes open and free course materials.
Contact: Bruce Mason, University of Oklahoma

The Open Learning Initiative is a collection of open and free course materials based on learning science research.
Contact: Candace Thille, Stanford University

Open Sankoré is a free, open-source interactive whiteboard service.
Contact: Andy Rundquist, Hamline University

Paradigms in Physics is a collection of free and open upper-level course materials based on physics education research.
Contact: Bruce Mason, University of Oklahoma

PhET provides free interactive, research-based simulations designed to help students visually comprehend physics.
Contact: Kathy Perkins, University of Colorado Boulder

Physics with Video Analysis is a collection of video analysis activities for use in introductory high school or college physics courses.
Contact Mike Schatz, Georgia Tech

Physlets are free, small, interactive Java applets that are designed for teaching physics online.
Contact: Wolfgang Christian, Davidson College

Piazza is a free service for hosting class forums.
Contact: Mike Schatz, Georgia Tech

ProctorU is a proctoring service that allows students to take tests online while being monitored using a webcam.
Contact: Bob Nemanich, Arizona State University

smartPhysics is a collection of prelecture tutorials and assessment developed at the University of Illinois.
Contact: Tim Stelzer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Turnitin is a service that screens for plagiarism.
Contact: Bruce Mason, University of Oklahama

WebAssign is an online platform offering homework, tutorials, and assessment. In physics, the available materials are primarily introductory.
Contact: Mark Santee, WebAssign