Student Tutorial

Student Tutorial by Prof Alex Filippenko

Wednesday 6 December 2017, 19:00 - 21:00, Cape Town (CTICC), South Africa  (download flyer to distribute)

Preparing Future Faculty: How to Teach a Large Lecture Course in Physics and Astronomy

What will be discussed:

How does one design interesting, well-organized lectures that enthrall, entertain, and educate students?
How does one improve a course outside of lecture?
How does one include effective peer instruction techniques during lecture?

Prof Filippenko will

  • present tips and techniques for improving storytelling, personalizing lectures, and showing passion.
  • discuss various methods for increasing overall student interest and involvement.
  • demonstrate the “think-pair-share” method of interactively engaging students by having them answer questions before and after discussion with others.

Who should attend:

Graduate and post-doctoral students

  • working on GR and cosmology, high-energy astrophysics and compact-object physics.
  • with research strengths in early-Universe cosmology and structure formation, X-ray binaries and cataclysmic variables, astrophysics of transients, and Galactic and extragalactic gamma-ray astronomy (through our involvement in HESS).
  • Radio astronomy

How to register:

Texas 2017 delegates do not have to register for this tutorial as this is part of the Texas 2017 Programme.
Non-Texas 2017 delegates should please register by completing the online booking form. 


This is a complimentary event.

Prof Alex Filippenko has taught Astronomy C10 (“Introduction to General Astronomy''), one semester per year for the past 31 years at the University of California, Berkeley.

His class is one of the most popular on campus (roughly 1/6 of all students take it), with an enrollment of about 800 (other instructors typically have 100-200). Students have voted it as the “Best Class” on campus several times, and Alex as the “Best Professor” a record 9 times.

Alex has won the campus Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the campus Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He also won the Richtmyer Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and he was named the 2006 Carnegie/CASE National Professor of the Year among doctoral institutions. In 2010, he was awarded the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Richard H. Emmons Award for Excellence in College Astronomy Teaching