Jun 01-Jul 10, 2020
Credit: 1 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $278.50
Instructor(s): George Tuthill

Course Description

Registration begins on March 23rd - register for CRN 11164.
In this 6-week course for elementary teachers we will focus on the core ideas of measurement and motion, as they appear in modern inquiry-oriented science education. The course aims to help teachers use modern curricular materials more effectively by increasing their understanding of the physics concepts.

The specific course goals are to:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the concepts central to a description of motion. These include position, time, displacement, velocity and acceleration.
  • Learn how to describe motion graphically and using data tables, and develop an understanding of the connections between these representations and the fundamental ideas of motion
  • Study how children's concepts of motion are developed in the classroom setting, and thereby become more effective users of inquiry-based curricular materials in teaching about motion
  • Develop our own professional community of course participants, sharing teaching ideas, expertise and experience

Meeting Place and Times

World of Motion is a fully online (asynchronous) course, so participants can login at times that best fit their schedules. However, it will involve frequent communications among participants and with the instructor, and is not designed for individual independent study. Each week participants should expect to connect to the course at least 4-6 times, and spend 6-8 hours on course-related work.


George Tuthill, PhD. is Professor Emeritus of Physics, and a member of the MSU Physics Department since 1976. He has worked extensively on projects for both in-service and pre-service science teachers since 1992. These include the National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN), a program initiated with National Science Foundation funding that since 1994 has developed and delivered graduate-credit online courses in the natural sciences and mathematics.


Bachelor's degree and preferably teacher certification with one year of teaching experience.

Target Audience

3rd through 8th grade teachers.

Time Commitment:

6-8 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

Required Books/Materials

  • All materials will be provided inside of Brightspace (D2L).

Optional Books/Materials:

  • We recommend you order a Go!Motion motion capture device. This can be ordered here: for approximately $130

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

About course content, contact George Tuthill at
For information about registration, contact Kelly Boyce at

How to Register

Call the Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683 or toll free (866) 540-5660.