Project-Based Cooperative Learning in Accelerator Science and Technology Education

Burt, Graeme Campbell and Appleby, R. B. and Xia, Guoxing and Bailey, Ian Richard and Clarke, Jim and Malyshev, Oleg and Marks, Neil and Muratori, Bruno and Poole, Mike and Saveliev, Yuri and Shepherd, Ben and Welsch, Carsten and Wolski, Andy and Seidel, Mike (2017) Project-Based Cooperative Learning in Accelerator Science and Technology Education. In: IPAC 2017 Proceedings of the 8th International Particle Accelerator Conference :. JACoW. ISBN 9783954501823

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The next generation of particle accelerators will require the training of greater numbers of specialist accelerator physicists and engineers . These physicists and engineers should have a broad understanding of accelerator physics as well as the technology used in particle accelerators as well as a specialist in some area of accelerator science and technology . Such specialists can be trained by combining a University based PhD, in collaboration with national laboratory training with a broad taught accelerator lecture program. In order to have a faster start we decided to run an intensive two week school to replace the basic course at the Cockcroft Institute. At the same time we decided to investigate the use of problem based learning to simulate the way accelerator science tends to work in practice. In this exercise he students worked in groups of 5 to design a 3rd generation light source from scratch based on photon light specifications. In comparison to similar design exercises we stipulate that all students must do all parts and students are not allowed to specialise. A comparison with a standard lecture based education programme is discussed in this paper.

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