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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Victoria Borish, Alexandra Werth, Nidhal Sulaiman, Jessica R. Hoehn, and Heather J. Lewandowski
The 2020–2021 academic year was a unique time for many instructors who had to adapt their courses to be conducted remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was especially challenging for physics lab courses, which usually emphasize hands-on experiments. Although many courses have now returned to in-person teaching, the possibility remains of future disasters necessitating similar remote courses. It is important to understand how undergraduate students experienced remote physics lab courses during the pandemic, including what aspects of the courses contributed to positive student outcomes. To investigate this, we surveyed over 5000 students from 24 different institutions, asking how the students engaged with their physics lab courses during the 2020–2021 academic year. Here, we describe the frequency with which the students performed various class activities, aspects of the course environment, challenges the students faced, aspects of the courses the students found enjoyable, and some student outcomes. We further study the impact of the course activities and course environment on four of the outcomes (self-reported learning of lab skills, self-reported learning of concepts, course enjoyment, and development of a sense of community). We find that students who were provided clear expectations, had enough time for their coursework, frequently worked in groups, and frequently had access to guidance from their instructors were more likely to report positive outcomes. This work demonstrates the importance of certain aspects of lab courses for several desirable outcomes in remote lab courses during a pandemic, with findings that may transfer to in-person or remote lab courses in the future.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 18, Issue 2, Pages 020105
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020105
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E-CLASS assessment, online experimental lab, online lab outcomes, online lab structure, online labs, pandemic learning outcomes, remote lab
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Metadata instance created July 28, 2022 by Lyle Barbato
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V. Borish, A. Werth, N. Sulaiman, J. Hoehn, and H. Lewandowski, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (2), 020105 (2022), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020105).
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V. Borish, A. Werth, N. Sulaiman, J. Hoehn, and H. Lewandowski, Undergraduate student experiences in remote lab courses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (2), 020105 (2022), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020105>.
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Borish, V., Werth, A., Sulaiman, N., Hoehn, J., & Lewandowski, H. (2022, July 21). Undergraduate student experiences in remote lab courses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 18(2), 020105. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020105
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Borish, V, A. Werth, N. Sulaiman, J. Hoehn, and H. Lewandowski. "Undergraduate student experiences in remote lab courses during the COVID-19 pandemic." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18, no. 2, (July 21, 2022): 020105, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020105 (accessed 21 May 2024).
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Borish, Victoria, Alexandra Werth, Nidhal Sulaiman, Jessica R. Hoehn, and Heather J. Lewandowski. "Undergraduate student experiences in remote lab courses during the COVID-19 pandemic." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18.2 (2022): 020105. 21 May 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020105>.
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