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modeling in myanmarNext Generation Modeling Courses  (NGMC) are graduate-level online/hybrid-online courses for physics and physical science teachers (grades 6-12) offered through the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Department of Physics/Astronomy. These professional development courses have four main goals: 

  • Strengthen subject-matter content knowledge in physics
  • Deepen understanding of research-based methods of science teaching; common student learning difficulties; the Next Generation Science Standards; and teaching/learning theories in physics education
  • Engage teachers in the national conversation about the goals and methods of science teaching through participation in state and national science teaching organizations, local special-interest groups, and action research 
  • Provide a pathway to Higher Learning Commission (HLC) compliance for teachers in the Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) 

All Next Generation Modeling Courses provide a suitable entry point into the Modeling Method of Physics Instruction (except the Intermediate Modeling Topics and Advanced Modeling Topics) and the concepts of Deep Learning in Introductory Physics

The first two courses offered in this course suite are:

   Waves and Applications for Teachers, 2 cr. (Spring 2018)  currently running
   Modern Physics for Teachers, 2 cr. (Summer 2018)  registration open

Click Curriculum Map and Course Descriptions for more information. 

What Teachers are Saying about Waves and Applications (Spring 2018)

This course has given me an excellent introduction to modeling instruction (and) is really making me re-think how I teach physics. I am already trying to use it in the classroom and am excited about the changes I am seeing. The class has an excellent mix of practical ideas combined with the research to back it up. I think it is going to greatly shift the way I teach. 

-Urska Manners, American International School of Budapest

The course is giving me good time to think more deeply about building and refining models with students. I can see ways to teach wave phenomena that are superior to the strategies I was using earlier in my career when I last taught this content. 

-Craig Buszka, AMTA Leader Development Workshop Facilitator, Montgomery High School, New Jersey


This course keeps you honest about what you know and can improve on regarding waves in the physics classroom. I was able to modify much my wave curriculum to better support student learning after taking this course.

-Amanda Hochstatter, Millenium Brooklyn High School, Brooklyn, New York


I like that the course has worked through the modeling curriculum and allowed us to see it from a student's perspective. The virtual labs were also quite helpful as getting good data with the real-time experiments can often be difficult or impossible if equipment is lacking. The video-based labs allowed me to focus on the phenomenon and the model. I feel more confident teaching waves after taking this course.

-Rebecca Falin, iSTEM Geauga Early College High School, Painesville, Ohio


Join us Summer 2018!

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In April 2018, UW Oshkosh took the first steps towards the creation of a new Master's of Science in Education (MSE) with a specialization in physics education. The Department recently approved a new academic code (PHYS CP, Physics Content-Pedagogy) to receive the new NGM courses, which will contribute to part of this degree. The MSE degree in physics education will be conferred by the College of Education and Human Services. Currently, all NGM courses are offered through the Physics/Astronomy 746 (Workshop on Current Topics) course code. Please watch this space for updates! 

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