Active learning in optics and photonics: experiences in Africa

M. Alarcon, E. Arthurs, Z. Ben Lakhdar, I. Culaba, V. Lakshminarayanan, J. Maquiling, A. Mazzolini, J. Niemela, D. Sokoloff, François Flory
<span title="2005-10-24">2005</span> <i title="SPIE"> Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics </i> &nbsp;
Virtual laboratories are used to help teaching a course on lasers. The spectral emission of a laser, the Zeeman effect on the laser frequencies, the frequency stabilisation of a laser and the Lamb dip are the subjects chosen to virtually illustrate the properties of a laser. All the laboratories are very close to reality, including possible experimental missteps. The student is under the conditions he can find in the real laboratory and can spend as long as he wishes, at any time. The teacher
more &raquo; ... n track the student via a data base that includes the eventual missteps which the student would have committed.
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