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Abstract Title: Student see or student do? Comparing video demonstrations and hands-on experiences in online instruction.
Abstract: Although online video content naturally lends itself to demonstrating physics concepts in online instructional settings, growing technology makes it possible to provide online instruction that guides students through hands-on laboratory-like experiences at home. The manipulability and kinesthetic nature of hands-on microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) activities, particularly for mechanics topics, make them theoretically more conducive to the formation of meaningful connections between real world actions and physics relationships. We seek to take advantage of these cognitive benefits by exploring the use of online MBL activities as a tool to introduce to new material. In a recent clinical study, students received instruction in one-dimensional kinematics in both video and hands-on activity formats in varying order. We will present the results of this study, including student engagement with the material, and implications for the use of "dorm room" physics as an instructional tool.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Katie Ansell
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1110 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
and Co-Presenter(s)
Mats Selen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign