Join SPS and Dr. Anthony Kuchera, Davidson College, for his talk "Minimizing resistance: teaching electronics labs during a pandemic" on April 21, 2021 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST!
Abstract: Undergraduate electronics courses are a typical part of a physics curriculum. These courses commonly have a significant hands-on laboratory component accompanied by a theoretical lecture component. The COVID-19 pandemic has moved many courses into a virtual environment. Some laboratory courses that have gone virtual have utilized “everyday objects” students likely have at home and/or computer simulations. Because of the hands-on skills typically developed in an electronics lab and the necessary equipment, which are not commonly found at home, these solutions are less than ideal. To provide students with an equitable solution, affordable electronics kits were purchased and distributed to all students enrolled in the course. In this talk I will describe my experiences teaching an electronics course in a hybrid-environment with students working remotely and in-person simultaneously. I will provide details and examples using a key piece of equipment which made the cost of the kits affordable. Additionally, I will share what I would change for the future and what I would keep for a second iteration. In the end, there were several positive takeaways that will be borrowed from this semester even in a post-pandemic in-person electronics course.