Dr Margaret Wegener

Lecturer

Physics
Faculty of Science
m.wegener@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 51244

Overview

As a lecturer and First-Year Teaching Director in Physics at the University of Queensland, Dr Margaret Wegener teaches both aspiring physicists and physics service courses; she is interested in the educational problems of contextualising physics, and the transition between school and university.

Her PhD was awarded for laser diagnostics of a Superorbital Expansion Tube, by multiple holographic recordings. As well as holography showing the rupture process of a light diaphragm in an expansion tube, this included holographic interferometry of high-speed gas flows around models, and analysis of the resulting images to yield quantitative information about the gas flow structures.

She pursued an interest in physics education by completing further study in Tertiary Teaching. A major concern of her work is to effectively engage students in order to make physics fundamentals meaningful. This includes developing experiments for undergraduate learning.

She is also interested in the interrelationships between science and the arts.

Qualifications

  • GCEd, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Queensland

Publications

  • McIntyre, T. J., Wegener, M. J., Roberts, A. P., Kenny, E. P., Ponce Campuzano, J. C. and Matthews, K. (2016). Active learning using interactive simulations. In: Joint Asia Pacific Physics Conference and Australian Institute of Physics Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 4-8 December 2016.

  • McIntyre, Timothy J., Roberts, Anthony P., Wegener, Margaret J., Juan Ponce Campuzano, Elise Kenny and Matthews, Kelly (2016). Dynamic, interactive simulations for enhancing student learning. In: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 28-29 September 2016.

  • Wegener, Margaret J., Doyle-Pegg, Marianne and McIntyre, Timothy J. (2015) Heat: an inquiry-based physics laboratory for life sciences students. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 23 5: 18-31.

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  • McIntyre, T. J., Wegener, M. J., Roberts, A. P., Kenny, E. P., Ponce Campuzano, J. C. and Matthews, K. (2016). Active learning using interactive simulations. In: Joint Asia Pacific Physics Conference and Australian Institute of Physics Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 4-8 December 2016.

  • McIntyre, Timothy J., Roberts, Anthony P., Wegener, Margaret J., Juan Ponce Campuzano, Elise Kenny and Matthews, Kelly (2016). Dynamic, interactive simulations for enhancing student learning. In: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 28-29 September 2016.

  • Wegener, Margaret J., McIntyre, Timothy, McGrath, Dominic, Peet, Sam and Holmes, Catherine (2015). Students’ pre-class preparation: concise and interactive online modules that students use. In: International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (). 27-30 October 2015.

  • Savage, C., McGrath, D., McIntyre, T., Wegener, M. and Williamson, M. (2010). Teaching physics using virtual reality. In: Boonchoat Paosawatyanyong and Pornrat Wattanakasiwich, International Conference on Physics Education, ICPE-2009. International Conference on Physics Education, ICPE-2009, Bangkok, Thailand, (126-129). 18 -24 October 2009. doi:10.1063/1.3479848

  • Wegener, M. (2008). A Century After A Nobel Prize: The Legacy of Lippmann's Colour Photography. In: 18th Biennial Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Adelaide, South Australia, (). 30 November-5 December 2008.

  • Wegener, Margaret, Savage, Craig and McIntyre, Tim (2008). Learning special relativity through virtual reality. In: Physics Curriculum Design: Development and Validation. GIREP (International Research Group on Physics Teaching) International Conference/13th Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning Workshop, Nicosia, Cyprus, (). 18-22 August 2008.

  • McGrath, Dominic, Savage, Craig, Williamson, Michael, Wegener, Margaret and McIntyre, Tim (2008). Teaching Special Relativity using Virtual Reality. In: Proceedings of the Assessment in Science Teaching and Learning. National UniServe Science Symposium, Sydney, Austalia, (67-73). 2 - 3 Oct 2008.

  • Savage, C., Wegener, M., McIntyre, T., McGrath, D. and Williamson, M. (2008). Teaching physics using virtual reality: Special relativity. In: AIP 18th National Congress, Adelaide, South Australia, (). 30 November- 5 December 2008.

  • Myatt, Paula, Farrand, Kirsten, Wegener, Margaret and Blanchfield, Joanne (2008). Undergraduate research experiences: Bridging the gap between teaching and research in a research intensive university. In: Enhancing Higher Education Theory and Scholarship. 31st Annual HERDSA Conference 2008, Rotorua, New Zealand, (). 1-4 July, 2008.

  • Wegener, M. J. (2005). Contemporary service course students: Who are they?. In: Assoc Prof Ian Johnston and Assoc Prof Mary Peat, Blended Learning in Science Teaching and Learning. Blended Learning in Science Teaching & Learning, The University of Sydney, (181-185). 30th September 2005.

  • Wegener, M. (2005). Gravity measurement via a rolling pendulum for embedded learning of fundamental lab skills. In: Proceedings of: 2nd International Pendulum Conference. 2nd International Pendulum Conference, Sydney, Australia, (). 13-15 October 2005.

  • Wegener, Margaret, Sutcliffe, Mark, Morgan, Richard, McIntyre, Tim and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2001). Diagnostics of A Range of Highly Superorbital Carbon Dioxide Flows. In: 39th AIAA Aeropspace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, USA, (). 8-11 January, 2001.

  • Wegener, Margaret (2000). Fundamental Skills in Physics: Embedded Learning. In: Effective Teaching and Learning at University: Effective Teaching Conference. Effective Teaching and Learning Conference 2000, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, (). 9 - 10 November 2000.

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