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Abstract Title: Online, interactive learning modules for undergraduate physics
Abstract: We have developed, implemented and evaluated suites of online modules for teaching undergraduate physics using an active learning approach. The modules are designed to convey core course content before class in an engaging format, viewable on computers and mobile devices. Each module uses a mix of text, images, interactive simulations, videos, and questions with immediate feedback. The approach provides advantages over traditional textbook readings not only because of the technology-enabled interactivity and portability, but also because material can easily be tailored to a specific audience, updated and tightly integrated.
We monitored student use of the modules via surveys, in-class questions and online analytics. The availability of the modules significantly enhanced the proportion of students completing preparation activities before class, compared to using a traditional textbook. Moreover, students indicated that using the online material was more enjoyable and they felt better prepared for class.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Margaret J. Wegener
School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland, 4072, Australia
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dominic McGrath, Tertiary Education Development Institute, The University of Queensland

Timothy J. McIntyre, School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland