I hope you had a chance to kick-back this weekend. Speaking of relaxing, above we see the 1st year Freestyle Physics (FP) and 2nd year Classical Mechanics (CM) teams after their first week of teaching into the Shandong Joint Science College. Left to right: Rosemary Zielinski (UG, CM1), Paul Francis (DQS, FP), Xingshuo Huang (EME, FP), Mahyar Bokaeeyan (TP, FP), Rowena Yew (EME, FP), John Debs (DQS/MakerSpace, FP), Zain Mehdi (DQS, CM1), Zhuaxian Ou (LPC, CM1), Benjamin Slimming (DQS, CM1) (photo by A/Prof Jong Chow (CGA). My deep gratitude goes to these education ambassadors extraordinaire, with close to 460 students this represents our largest online classrooms and a massive, massive effort. All the best to all the Shandong JSC teams across CoS for their final week of teaching (see more details).
We have seen many teaching and learning innovations come out of our Physics Education Centre over the years. In the past couple of years, Dr John Debs has been leading an exciting VR development to assist students to intuitively discover complex physical concepts. A short video shows how one of the scenarios has been used this year to improve learning outcomes and will no doubt help us to deliver high quality remote education in the future. The second pilot VR scenario allows students to cooperatively explore electromagnetism by firing charged particles into electric and magnetic fields they have configured in 3D. I’m hanging out for the gravitational wave VR!
With all that this year has thrown at us, my hope is that January is our chance to recharge and I am encouraging everyone to consider taking leave over January. Heads will be discussing with all their staff the need to schedule excess long service leave during 2021. Please take the chance before the Christmas shutdown to talk about leave with your supervisor.
If you have feedback on any part of the CoS change proposal please remember to submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business tomorrow (8th December).
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