Teaching Physics Using Virtual Reality is an investigation of game-like simulations for science teaching. Our first project is Real Time Relativity - a 3D virtual world obeying Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity. We have developed a teaching package for use in first year university physics classes. We will also develop at least one more simulation for use in university science teaching. The project is funded by The Australian Learning and Teaching Council for 2008-2009. The investigators are Craig Savage at the Australian National University, and Margaret Wegner and Tim McIntyre at the University of Queensland.
Project web site: http://www.anu.edu.au/Physics/vrproject/
The undergraduate laboratory work stream of the "Forging New Directions in Physics Education in Australian Universities" project has been looking at providing useful resources for academics designing and running teaching labs. The two major outcomes of the project are an online database of second and third year experiments in physics, which can be found at the project website, including contact details of people currently running the experiments who can provide more details to help you set up the experiments. The other major outcome is the adaptation of the Advancing Chemistry Education through Laboratory Learning (ACELL) evaluation tools to suit undergraduate physics experiments. This allows improvement and development of experiments using tried and tested evaluation tools. Kate Wilson leads the undergraduate laboratory work stream.
Project web site: http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/super/ALTC/