Committee on Educational Technologies

2017 Committee of the Year

They developed and disseminated several online documents for other Committees, including a Google doc for workshop and session sponsorships to be used prior to Programs 2, and materials to assist Area Chairs in their work. These initiatives assist AAPT beyond the work of the Committee, assisting in the planning of meetings. They have also experimented with innovative session formats in an effort to enhance session attendance, and have addressed the timely issue of computational methods. They have also established ongoing, strong collaborations with other committees.

Mission Statement

2017 Annual Committee Report
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2015 Annual Committee Report
2014 Annual Committee Report
2013 Annual Committee Report
2012 Annual Committee Report
2011 Annual Committee Report
2010 Annual Committee Report
2009 Annual Committee Report
2008 Annual Committee Report
2007 Annual Committee Report
2006 Annual Committee Report
2005 Annual Committee Report
2004 Annual Committee Report


Committee Members

Andrew D. Gavrin, Chair (Term ending after WM2020)
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Dept of Physics, LD154
402 N Blackford St
Indianapolis, IN United States 46202
Phone: (317) 274-6909; Fax: (317) 274-2393

Brandon R. Lunk, Vice Chair (Term ending after WM2020)
Texas State University - San Marcos
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX United States 78666-4615
Phone: (919) 612-2919

Andre Bresges (Term ending after WM2021)
University of Cologne
Institute of Physics Education
Cologne, Germany NRW 50931
Phone: +4915114746520; Fax: +492214705961

Walter Freeman (Term ending after WM2022)
Syracuse Univ - Main Campus
Physics Dept
Syracuse, NY United States 13244-1100

Christopher M. Nakamura (Term ending after WM2020)
Saginaw Valley State Univ
7400 Bay Rd
255 Science West - Physics Dept
University Center, MI United States 48710-0001

Kelly Roos (Term ending after WM2022)
Bradley University
Jobst Hall 408
Bradley University
Peoria, IL United States 61625

Jay J. Wang (Term ending after WM2022)
University Of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd
North Dartmouth, MA United States 02747-2300

Mark S. Hannum, Ex Officio
American Association of Physics Teachers
Office of the Executive Officer
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3311; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Past Chairs

Jeffrey R. Groff, PhD (2017)

Larry Engelhardt (2018)

Shahida Dar (2019)



  1. Identify new developments in educational technology and new applications of educational technology to physics teaching and learning;
  2. Communicate these new developments and applications to the AAPT membership through a variety of means, including print and electronic publications, workshops, and sessions at national and regional meetings;
  3. Conduct competitions, as appropriate, to recognize, promote, and reward worthwhile contributions to the uses of educational technologies for physics education; and
  4. Coordinate with other area committees, organizations, and institutions in the development and dissemination of new ideas for the use of various educational technologies in physics education.