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Abstract Title: Effect of Online Pretests on Performance in Inquiry Based Physics
Abstract: The addition of online pretests as a primer for learning is studied in an introductory inquiry based physics course designed for pre-service K-12 teachers.  The questions are designed to address misconceptions, elicit thinking about the material covered in the upcoming week and to alert students to the physical principles essential to the class material.  The pretests are paired with an online posttest component to both measure student gains as well as reinforce student learning.  The pretests are completed and machine-graded at the beginning of the week during which the content is covered in class, while the posttests are short answer corrections to the pretests completed at the end of the week.  The relationships between online tests and the learning of course content are investigated to determine a model for predicting success in the course.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Andrew W. Dougherty
The Ohio State University
191 West Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-247-1953
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jennifer L. Esswein, The Ohio State University
Bruce R. Patton, The Ohio State University