Science Outreach: Bruce Bailey, Associate Professor of Mathematics, UA & co-founder of The Physics Factory and the Arizona Mathematics Road Show
“The best thing about math is all the fun physics you get to do.” (He said it, I didn’t.)
When talking about the Warrington Perambulating Library, a friend suggested they get a physics bus & the rest is history! The biggest challenge–COST! In maintenance, supples, staff. It is a real labor of love. Opportunities in professional development & helping to build community strength (ex. Navajo Nation Math Festival/math circles.)
eBooks: Eric Pepper from SPIE & John Greivenkamp, UA College of Optical Sciences & editor of the SPIE Field Guides series
- Spotlights: Concise, topically focused, mini-tutorials (on an application or technique).
- Tutorial Texts: introductory learning texts
- Field Guides: Concise quick-reference guides to key information that students, practicing engineers, and scientists need in the lab and in the field.
Important features of SPIE eBooks: No DRM, full pdf downloads, unlimited use, MARC records & counter stats. Downside: can only rent/buy entire collection.
Cool thing? Free eBooks for high schools!
Field Guides are a great way to publish. Right now there are ~35 on various topics (see link). Each is spiral bound, one page per topic. outline of key concepts, color highlighting & good bibliographies. (Each title has sample pages. Check it out.)
“Free” resources to check out:
Fundamentals of Photonics
Optipedia: Wiki style free resource with fundamental concepts related to optics and photonics from SPIE Field Guides.
Open Education Resources: Cheryl Cuiller, UA OER Coordinator
Slides from talk
OER 101 Handout for faculty
Creative Common Licenses breakdown
I’m not really going to retype all my notes because her slides & handouts have most of it, including overviews of different OER libraries and sample books, but I did want to point out one thing she talked about during her lessons learned: When talking to faculty, focus on the student success angle. When talking to students, focus on the complete academic freedom angle and frame OER as a social justice issue!