Abstract

We present a purposeful initiative to open new grounds for teaching Geometrical Optics. It is based on the creation of an innovative education networking involving academic staff from three Spanish universities linked together around Optics. Nowadays, students demand online resources such as innovative multimedia tools for complementing the understanding of their studies. Geometrical Optics relies on basics of light phenomena like reflection and refraction and the use of simple optical elements such as mirrors, prisms, lenses, and fibers. The mathematical treatment is simple and the equations are not too complicated. But from our long time experience in teaching to undergraduate students, we realize that important concepts are missed by these students because they do not work ray tracing as they should do. Moreover, Geometrical Optics laboratory is crucial by providing many short Optics experiments and thus stimulating students interest in the study of such a topic. Multimedia applications help teachers to cover those student demands. In that sense, our educational networking shares and develops online materials based on 1) video-tutorials of laboratory experiences and of ray tracing exercises, 2) different online platforms for student self-examinations and 3) computer assisted geometrical optics exercises. That will result in interesting educational synergies and promote student autonomy for learning Optics.

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C. J. Zapata-Rodríguez, P. García-Martínez, C. Ferreira, I. Fernández, and J. J. Miret, “Interactive resources for efficient tutoring and e-learning in Optics based on solving problems with graphics,” Opt. Pura Apl. 46, 197–203 (2013).
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[Crossref]

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Fernández, I.

C. J. Zapata-Rodríguez, P. García-Martínez, C. Ferreira, I. Fernández, and J. J. Miret, “Interactive resources for efficient tutoring and e-learning in Optics based on solving problems with graphics,” Opt. Pura Apl. 46, 197–203 (2013).
[Crossref]

Ferreira, C.

C. J. Zapata-Rodríguez, P. García-Martínez, C. Ferreira, I. Fernández, and J. J. Miret, “Interactive resources for efficient tutoring and e-learning in Optics based on solving problems with graphics,” Opt. Pura Apl. 46, 197–203 (2013).
[Crossref]

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C. J. Zapata-Rodríguez, P. García-Martínez, C. Ferreira, I. Fernández, and J. J. Miret, “Interactive resources for efficient tutoring and e-learning in Optics based on solving problems with graphics,” Opt. Pura Apl. 46, 197–203 (2013).
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Procter, C.

A. Heinze and C. Procter, “Refection on the use of Blended Learning” Proceedings of the second Education in Changing Environment conference ISBN: 0902896806, Manchester, UK, 13th–14th September 2004, Published by the University of Salford Manchester.

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David R. Sokoloff, Ronald K. Thornton, and Priscilla W. Laws, “Real Time Physics: Active Learning Labs Transforming the Introductory Laboratory”, Eur. J. of Phys 28 S83–S94 (2007).
[Crossref]

Thornton, Ronald K.

David R. Sokoloff, Ronald K. Thornton, and Priscilla W. Laws, “Real Time Physics: Active Learning Labs Transforming the Introductory Laboratory”, Eur. J. of Phys 28 S83–S94 (2007).
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C. J. Zapata Rodríguez, Problemas de Óptica Geométrica. Métodos Gráficos de Resolución, Visión Libros (2010).

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Zapata-Rodríguez, C. J.

C. J. Zapata-Rodríguez, P. García-Martínez, C. Ferreira, I. Fernández, and J. J. Miret, “Interactive resources for efficient tutoring and e-learning in Optics based on solving problems with graphics,” Opt. Pura Apl. 46, 197–203 (2013).
[Crossref]

Eur. J. of Phys (1)

David R. Sokoloff, Ronald K. Thornton, and Priscilla W. Laws, “Real Time Physics: Active Learning Labs Transforming the Introductory Laboratory”, Eur. J. of Phys 28 S83–S94 (2007).
[Crossref]

Opt. Pura Apl. (1)

C. J. Zapata-Rodríguez, P. García-Martínez, C. Ferreira, I. Fernández, and J. J. Miret, “Interactive resources for efficient tutoring and e-learning in Optics based on solving problems with graphics,” Opt. Pura Apl. 46, 197–203 (2013).
[Crossref]

Phys. Teach. (1)

D. Brown and A. J. Cox, “Innovative Uses of Video Analysis” Phys. Teach. 47 145 (2009).
[Crossref]

Technology, Education and Development INTECH Open Access Publisher (1)

T. Martin-Blas “E-learning platforms in Physics Education”, Chapter” in Technology, Education and Development INTECH Open Access Publisher (2009).

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A. Heinze and C. Procter, “Refection on the use of Blended Learning” Proceedings of the second Education in Changing Environment conference ISBN: 0902896806, Manchester, UK, 13th–14th September 2004, Published by the University of Salford Manchester.

C. J. Zapata Rodríguez, Problemas de Óptica Geométrica. Métodos Gráficos de Resolución, Visión Libros (2010).

C. J. Zapata Rodríguez and P. García-Martínez, Manual d’Óptica Geomètrica per al Traçat Gràfic de Raigs, Servei de Política Lingüística, Universitat de València (2011).

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