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Abstract Title: Online Data Collection and Analysis in Introductory Physics
Abstract: Online implementation of physics learning materials may present a powerful method of data collection, in addition to being useful for supplemental instruction.  This may have implications for composite instruction and research designs.  We have developed three lessons on Newton's laws and implemented them on the Internet.  The lessons ask students to make observations and measurements using video clips, perform calculations and answer open-ended questions.  Responses can be collected via an online response system.  110 university students enrolled in an algebra-based physics course and 30 high school physics students worked through some or all of our lessons, and their responses were collected.  We present a qualitative and quantitative analysis of their responses and assess the implications for optimal design of online lesson materials for collecting meaningful data about student understanding of basic physics concepts.  This work is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation under grants REC-0632587 and REC-0632657.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Chris M. Nakamura
Kansas State University Physics Department
119 Cardwell Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-2601
Phone: 785 532 7167
Fax: 785 532 6806
and Co-Presenter(s)
Sytil K. Murphy, Nasser M. Juma, N. Sanjay Rebello, and Dean Zollman

Kansas State University Physics Department