Physics Education

Our working group is engaged in research across the full range of physics education. We pay special attention to the use of digital media.

To this end, we study learning sequences with simulations and web-based experiments, with videos and interactive tasks. This is also linked to empirical studies on the use of different visualizations in teaching and learning. In addition, we deal with the use of modern sensors for experimentation in physics lessons. Sensors from everyday life and the environment help to create application-oriented lessons.

We have two main areas of interest:

Research on teaching and learning, including

  • Analyzing how the design of a multimedia environment can effect Physics learning
  • empirical studies about the effects of illustrations and visualizations and on learning, knowledge application, and knowledge transfer
  • empirical investigation of learning scenarios that combine working with experiments in Physics and multimedia illustrations
  • studies about perception of visual information, also using eye tracker analysis.

Development of new material for teaching and learning, including

  • Modern sensors, new experiments in Physics Education - development of new material based on theoretical guidelines for teaching and learning
  • designing multimedia learning with simulations
  • visualizing learning contents - designing according to theoretical guidelines
  • development of remote labs and learning environments.


Prof. Dr. Jochen Kuhn
Development & evaluation of teaching units for physics classes / New media in the physics classroom / Student presentations & learning problems

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