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The Physics Teacher
written by Nandana Weliweriya, Eleanor C. Sayre, and Dean A. Zollman
Pencasts are videos of problem solving with narration by the problem solver. Pedagogically, students can create pencasts to illustrate their own problem solving to the instructor or to their peers. Pencasts have implications for teaching at multiple levels from elementary grades through university courses. In this article, we describe the use of pencasts in a university-level upper-division electromagnetic fields course usually taken by junior and senior physics majors. For each homework assignment, students created and submitted pencasts of ordinary problems several days before the problem set was due. We compare students' performance in the class (grades for pencast submission excluded) with the pencast submission rate. Students who submitted more pencasts tend to do better in the course. We conclude with some practical suggestions for implementing pencasts in other courses.
The Physics Teacher: Volume 56, Issue 3, Pages 161-164
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N. Weliweriya, E. Sayre, and D. Zollman, , Phys. Teach. 56 (3), 161 (2018), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5025294).
N. Weliweriya, E. Sayre, and D. Zollman, The Effectiveness of “Pencasts” in Physics Courses, Phys. Teach. 56 (3), 161 (2018), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5025294>.
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Weliweriya, N., Sayre, E., & Zollman, D. (2018, February 16). The Effectiveness of “Pencasts” in Physics Courses. Phys. Teach., 56(3), 161-164. Retrieved June 23, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5025294
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Weliweriya, N, E. Sayre, and D. Zollman. "The Effectiveness of “Pencasts” in Physics Courses." Phys. Teach. 56, no. 3, (February 16, 2018): 161-164, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5025294 (accessed 23 June 2024).
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Weliweriya, Nandana, Eleanor Sayre, and Dean Zollman. "The Effectiveness of “Pencasts” in Physics Courses." Phys. Teach. 56.3 (2018): 161-164. 23 June 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5025294>.
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