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Abstract Title: Multimedia PreLab Tutorials in Conservation Laws
Abstract: Physics laboratories are intended to provide students an opportunity to investigate physical phenomena by making observations, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting their findings clearly.  However, most students lack an adequate preparation and conceptual background to achieve these objectives.  As a pilot study at Cal Poly Pomona, we designed a 20-minute online prelab tutorial on the topics of conservation laws using flash animations, narration, and videos, which contains a brief lesson on the theory, as well as introduction to laboratory procedure and apparatus.  It also includes embedded assessment questions and solutions.  The preliminary data shows improvement in student overall preparation, quiz scores, lab reports, time efficiency, and attitude.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Homeyra Sadaghiani
California State Polytechnic University
3801 West Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768