Sobolewski Discusses Replacing Lab Manual with Learning Management System in Physics Investigations for K-4 Pre-Service Teachers

Posted on 3/10/2017 3:21:23 PM

Stan Sobolewski gave a talk on “Replacing the Lab Manual with a Learning Management System in Physics Investigations for K-4 Pre-Service Teachers” at the national American Association of Physics Teachers winter meeting, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, February 18–21, 2017.

The traditional laboratory investigation uses a procedure written on paper; students then record their responses on a supplied data page or laboratory notebook. In an attempt to make this process more efficient, the use of a Learning Management System (in this case D2L) was used to present the material and collect student feedback. Each student had a University supplied laptop, read the procedure from the screen, and submitted answers through D2L. As anticipated, there was no change in content knowledge. However surprisingly, subjects felt the paper and pencil approach was easier to use than computer entry.

In a subsequent study, the same population in the same course completed an online only lecture and lab course. We will discuss the student’s reaction to this online class.

Department of Physics