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Abstract Title: eTALK Results: In-Depth Study of Synchronous Distance Labs
Abstract: Data analysis is currently underway for eTALK:  Enhanced Teaching Assistance to Aid Learning with Kitlabs.  This initiative involves distance laboratory courses taught synchronously with groups of students in contact with a remote teaching assistant.  The students utilize their laptops, free software, and simple equipment in order to perform experiments and measurements, and the teaching assistants monitor and communicate with the students with WebAssign, Blackboard Collaborate, and Gmail.  
Evaluation involves comparing three groups of labs: sections engaged in the eTALK lab curriculum performing distance labs, sections using the eTALK experiments and equipment performed in-class, and control sections performing normal labs.  These groups were evaluated through a number of techniques: analysis of grades and lab responses, Mechanics Baseline Test administered at the end of the course, Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey administered pre- and post-course, and video analysis of selected groups.  Selected results from this data analysis will be presented.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: William Sams
North Carolina State University
421 Riddick Hall
Campus Box 8202
Raleigh, NC 27695-8202
Phone: 864-642-8004
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Colleen Lanz, North Carolina State University
MA Paesler, North Carolina State University