PERCoGS Symposium Series

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You can view many of the past talks on the PERCoGS Youtube channel

Past talks:

April 5th, Dr. Paul Bergeron - Creating Meaningfully Active Classrooms with 3 Dimensional Learning

March 8th, Dr. Amy Smith 

February 17th, Dr. Diana Sachmpazidi

December 15th, Dr. Brian Zamarripa Roman (U of Utah) - Theoretical, Methodological, Analytical Frameworks; But What Does it all Mean?

July 15, 2021 - Dr. Mary Chessey (UMD) - Excitement and Challenge of PostDoc Life: Stories from Joining the Living Physics Portal Team 

June 21, 2021 - Dr. Simone Hyater- Adams - 

April 28, 2021 - Dr. Brianne Gutmann (Texas State) - Factors Which Enable and Limit Student Reasoning about Ethics, Science, and Society in the Classroom

January 19, 2021 - Dr. Eric Kuo (UIUC) - How Causal Network Diagrams can add Clarity to Qualitative Research 

December 9, 2020 - Dr. Lisa Goodhew (SPU) - How Can We Characterize and Leverage Students Ideas About Physics? 

November 19, 2020 - Dr. Miguel Rodriguez (U of Utah) - A Discussion over Multiple Imputations and some Theoretical Frameworks

October 20, 2020 - Dr. Katelyn Cooper (ASU) - Identifying and Lessening the Challenges for Undergraduates with Anxiety and Depression in Biology Learning Environments 

See the latest Symposium talk on our YouTube!

Previous Symposia

April 2022

Creating Meaningfully Active Classrooms with 3 Dimensional Learning with Dr. Paul Bergeron 


How do we create learning environments that promote not only student involvement in their learning but emphasize the meaningful parts of physics? Developed for A Framework for K-12 Science Education and now being implemented in college classrooms, 3 Dimensional Learning (3DL) offers tools for aligning science teaching in the ways we do science as experts. This is done by centering teaching along the 3 Dimensions scientists use to organize their thinking: Scientific Practices that we use to explore phenomena, Core Ideas that big ideas we use to describe phenomena, and Crosscutting Concepts that provide lenses for how we view phenomena. In this talk, I will discuss the positive impacts from implementing 3DL at Michigan State University as part of a gateway science course transformation project. In particular, I will show results that indicate that through creating 3DL opportunities, active learning opportunities are also created, allowing for meaningfully active learning environments.


Paul Bergeron is a postdoctoral researcher with the 3 Dimensional Learning for Undergraduate Science group at Michigan State University. His background is in High Energy Phenomenology, and did his PhD at the University of Utah on supersymmetric dark matter models. Now in PER, he works with instructors who are a part of the STEM Teaching and Learning Fellowship to align their instruction and assessments with 3DL. In addition to research on the transformation effort centered on the fellowship, he also does research on the use of scientific models in student work.