Magdalena Kersting
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Magdalena Kersting

I am an educational researcher, mathematical physicist and science communicator. Currently, I work as a PhD researcher in the physics education group at the University of Oslo. I have developed an online learning environment about Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity and study learning processes in Einsteinian physics. As part of my research, I have been collaborating with the Einstein-First team at the University of Western Australia in Perth and the Education and Public Outreach team of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia

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Relativity Online

So stoked about sharing our general relativity learning environment: After 2 years of development this marks a milestone in my PhD. Take a look & let me know what you think. And do share with the physics teacher or high school student in your life!

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General Relativity in Secondary School

Call me Dr. Magdalena Kersting! I have successfully defended my PhD-thesis Teaching General Relativity in Secondary School. Let's celebrate science and let's bring Albert Einstein's ideas of gravity, space, and time into the classroom!

Latest news

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New paper in Physics Education: Gravity and Warped Time

General relativity is a conceptually rich theory that often eludes non-experts. We identify three confusing relativistic concepts and suggest pedagogical pathways to address these issues in the classroom.

gravitational waves
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New article on Einstein-Online: A catalogue of cosmic collisions

What can we learn from gravitational wave observations? Jens Kube and I have written an article about the first catalogue of cosmic collisions and the enormous scientific potential of these observations.

Albert Einstein shows his tongue
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Science Studies Scholarship: Einstein's impact on society

I am grateful to have been awarded a scholarship by the Science Studies Colloquium Series at the University of Oslo to conduct research at the nexus of science studies and science education.

What's On

Örebru Castle Sweden
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Talk Örebro University

Computer-supported collaborative learning & embodied conceptions of spacetime

November, 28th, 2019

Örebro, Sweden

skyline of Oslo
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ReleQuant Seminar

Project ReleQuant celebrates its completion with a final seminar

December, 19th, 2019

Oslo, Norway

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Public PhD Defense

General Relativity in Secondary Schools at the Department of Physics

December, 20th, 2019

Oslo, Norway