Strengthening Student Learning through "Tuning"

William E. Evenson, PhD

Synesis: A Journal of Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy 2012; 3(1):T18-24

Physics faculty in the Utah System of Higher Education have engaged in “Tuning” physics in the state institutions of higher education since 2009. This paper explains Tuning, describes how it can strengthen student learning, and reports some of the experience of Tuning physics in Utah. It argues that this process is directed toward a culture change in academic departments, giving primary focus to what students learn rather than to what faculty teach or to other faculty and institutional inputs.


Key words: Tuning, Bologna Process, physics, learning outcomes