QuVis: The University of St Andrews Quantum Mechanics Visualisation project

Research

Feedback from students at the appropriate level is vital to ensure simulations and activities are effective for learning. All recent simulations are iteratively refined using individual student observation sessions, where students first freely explore a simulation and then work on the accompanying activity. Outcomes from these sessions are used to revise all simulations wherever applicable. For a substantial number of simulations, further refinement is carried out using in-class trials.

Methods used to evaluate the educational effectiveness of the simulations include pre- and post-tests to assess learning gains, in-class observations, analysis of activity responses, success in solving in-built challenges and analysis of survey responses on students' experience of using the simulations.

QuVis Publications

Enhancing student learning of two-level quantum systems with interactive simulations, A Kohnle, C Baily, A Campbell, N Korolkova and M Paetkau, Am. J. Phys. 83 560-566, 2015

Research-based interactive simulations to support quantum mechanics learning and teaching , A Kohnle, 2014 GIREP-MPTL Proceedings, in press

Investigating the Influence of Visualization on Student Understanding of Quantum Superposition, A Kohnle, C Baily and S Ruby, 2014 PERC Proceedings [Minneapolis, July 30-31, 2014], in press

Quantum mechanics teaching resources from the Institute of Physics, Antje Kohnle and Derek Raine, New Directions 10 (2014) 40-43

A new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum , Antje Kohnle, Inna Bozhinova, Dan Browne, Mark Everitt, Aleksejs Fomins, Pieter Kok, Gytis Kulaitis, Martynas Prokopas, Derek Raine and Elizabeth Swinbank, Eur. J. Phys. 35 015001-1 to 9, 2014

Interactive simulations for the learning and teaching of quantum mechanics concepts, A Kohnle (2014), 2013 MPTL Proceedings [Madrid, September 11-13 2013], edited by S Dormido and L de la Torre, 65-70

Optimization of Simulations and Activities for a New Introductory Quantum Mechanics Curriculum , A. Kohnle, C. Baily, C. Hooley, and B. Torrance, 2013 PERC Proceedings [Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013], edited by P. V. Engelhardt, A. D. Churukian, and D. L. Jones

A new multimedia resource for teaching quantum mechanics concepts, Antje Kohnle, Donatella Cassettari, Tom J Edwards, Callum Ferguson, Alastair D Gillies, Christopher A Hooley, Natalia Korolkova, Joseph Llama and Bruce D Sinclair, Am. J. Phys. 80 148-153, 2012

Developing and evaluating simulations for teaching quantum mechanics concepts, Antje Kohnle, Margaret Douglass, Tom J Edwards, Alastair D Gillies, Christopher A Hooley and Bruce D Sinclair, Eur. J. Phys. 31 1441-1455, 2010

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