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Physics students' reactions to an abrupt shift in instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic
written by Andrew Gavrin
We present a preliminary analysis of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on students in the context of a large enrollment introductory physics course. During the spring of 2020, ours was one of thousands of courses forced to change abruptly from face-to-face instruction to online delivery. We report the effects of this change on students through the lenses initially available to us, including our online homework system, an online forum, and the course evaluations. While preliminary, our results suggest that students were generally unhappy with the transition, but this disappointment did not translate into significantly reduced effort or success. Their primary concerns were not technological but stemmed from behavioral considerations either internal to themselves or external, from the instructor. Although the event probed here was the pandemic, our observations and conclusions may be applicable to other situations in which instruction changes suddenly due to natural or human-caused disasters.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 167-172
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Education - Applied Research
- Technology
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= Homework System
Education - Basic Research
- Societal Issues
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Lower Undergraduate
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A. Gavrin, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15478&DocID=5326).
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Gavrin, A. (2020, July 22-23). Physics students' reactions to an abrupt shift in instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved June 13, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15478&DocID=5326
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Gavrin, Andrew. "Physics students' reactions to an abrupt shift in instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15478&DocID=5326 (accessed 13 June 2021).
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Gavrin, Andrew. "Physics students' reactions to an abrupt shift in instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 167-172 of PER Conference. 13 June 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15478&DocID=5326>.
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