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.
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