Dr. Williams’ primary research interest is physics education and he is especially interested in exploring the following areas:
- Among modern classroom technologies (interactive peer response systems –clickers, interactive computer simulations) and teaching paradigms (active learning classrooms), what works and what doesn’t work? And how does one quantitatively measure this, given the challenge of setting up target and control groups? - How to create a learning environment in undergraduate physics courses which engages and improves student retention, especially among women, minorities and first generation university students. - How to design and deliver inquiry-based physics labs to improve undergraduate learning outcomes. - How to create effective training of teaching assistants to deliver enhanced learning and assessment outcomes.