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  Session: Remembering John Risley
  Paper Type: Panel
  Title: John Risley and 30 Years of Computers in Physics
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 8:30AM
  Author: Aaron Titus, High Point University
336-841-4668, atitus@highpoint.edu
  Co-Author(s): Peg Gjertsen
  Abstract: For 30 years, John Risley had an enormous impact on the use of computers in physics education. As editor of AIP's Physics Academic Software (PAS), John applied professional editorial resources and strategies to publish high-quality software that teachers could trust. Some of these applications, like Graphs and Tracks, EM Field, and Electric Field Hockey, are used to this day. John developed the Physics Courseware Evaluation Project (PCEP) to provide professional reviews of physics software and train high school teachers in the use of simulations and MBL software and hardware in the classroom. Finally, John oversaw the development of WebAssign and successfully launched this teacher-developed, publisher-independent online homework system so that it could be commercially viable, yet committed to a social mission. In this presentation, we will highlight computers in physics education during the last 30 years, connecting developments of the past to implementations of today.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Titus-AAPTS14-Risley.pdf

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