Broaden your knowledges with ETOP's workshops program

Workshop for ETOP attendees

Several workshops are offered this year to ETOP attendees. While registration is required, workshops are free of charge for registered attendees. Number of participants is limited. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about training best practices for various audiences.

How to teach optical design software - getting your students started

Date and time: Friday, May 24th, 2019 - 9:00 (2.5 hours)
Instructor: Julie Bentley, Associate professor, University of Rochester

Lens design is a sought after skill and rely on specialized software. Through this workshop, the instructor will highlight the best examples and exercies to guide your student in their first steps with an optical design software. Code V lincences can be provided for a duration of 60 days to workshop attendees registered by April 30th, 2019. These trial licences also include access to videos, additional material and documentation. To make the most of this workshop, feel free you bring your computer.

About Code V and Synopsys: Synopsys' Optical Solutions Group provides optical design tools that help produce superior designs and attain cost-to-manufacture savings. Our tools include CODE V® imaging design software, LightTools® illumination design software, LucidShape® products for automotive lighting, the RSoft™ products for photonic device and optical communications design, and the PIC Design Suite for photonic integrated circuit design. Learn more at

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Problem Based Learning – Enhancing learning in the STEM classroom

Date and time: Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 14:30 (2 hours)
Instructors: Judy Donnelly, co-PI, the PBL Projects and Nicholas Massa, Professor, Springfield Technical Community College

The grads we hire know the facts but not what to do with them” is a common complaint. Can students learn content material, structured problem solving and teamwork all at the same time? Problem-Based Learning (PBL) engages students in authentic real-world problems while supporting their problem-solving skills. In this workshop, you'll learn more about PBL and how it can be used in STEM classrooms for all ages. Taking the part of a student you will solve an optics/photonics related PBL “Challenge” and in the process learn how to enhance students' content knowledge, critical thinking skills, and ability to work in teams. You will be given tools to help you use the web-based PBL Challenges in your classroom and have the opportunity to join an online community of PBL practitioners.

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Using Digital Technologies in the Teaching and Learning of STEM – Ten innovative things that work in Active Learning classrooms

Date and time: Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 9:00 (1.5 hour)
Instructor: Chris Whittaker, Professor, Dawson College

Active learning clearly improves STEM education, and digital technologies can help - but they aren’t a magic pill. For the past 10 years, faculty and researchers at Dawson College (Montreal) have been engaged in an iterative development, implementation and research effort to leverage the best affordances of digital technologies in active learning classrooms. This workshop will explore the fruits of that labor. From SMART Boards to clickers and lanterns, come see a top-ten list of digital tools used in STEM classrooms.

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Training the trainer in OPTIKS: outreach for professionals who teach in informal environments and K-12 schools

Date and time: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 - 14:30 (2.5 hours)
Instructors: Mike McKee, Associate Director of Academic Support Services, University of Central Florida and Matthew Posner, Process specialist, Excelitas Technologies

It is common for industry professionals, faculty, and graduate students to conduct outreach to K-12 schools and in informal locations such as fairs, science centers, or open houses. But what are the most effective ways to engage participants in activities and how should the information be presented? As part of this workshop, participants will learn how to most effectively present activities in optics and photonics that will maximize engagement while taking into account the audience and the location. They will also learn how to train others using the skills learned in this workshop.

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