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Abstract Title: Students’ Perceptions and Use of Online Resources in Introductory Physics
Abstract: In this mixed-methods study of large enrollment introductory physics service courses, we investigate student perceptions and spontaneous uses of open online education resources as supplements to course-provided materials and activities. Specifically, we focus on the increasing use of popular online media resources such as YouTube and Kahn Academy, and textbook solution repository services such as Chegg.  In the quantitative portion of this study, we surveyed students on their textbook and open online resource usage and found that most students rely primarily on online resources as they navigate the course. In the qualitative portion, we investigate the patterns and culture of online resource usage and found that students report using online resources as supplements to, or in place of, the course-provided materials when engaging with online homework or studying for an exam. We provide suggestions for changes in instruction approaches and course-provided materials to better engage our students in the course.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B42

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Charles Ruggieri
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey