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Abstract Title: Evaluating the effectiveness of two methods to improve students' problem solving performance after studying an online tutorial
Abstract: An earlier study using online learning modules found that a significant fraction of undergraduate students were unable to solve similar new problems after learning from an online problem-solving tutorial. The current study examines the effectiveness of two methods to improve students' subsequent problem solving performance. First, an ``on-ramp'' module designed to develop proficiency in basic skills was added prior to the tutorial. Second, a new "transfer" module was added after the tutorial and before the final module. In this new module, half of the students were assigned a compare contrast task, whereas the other half were asked to answer multiple scaffolding questions. For the on-ramp module, in one of the two cases students' performance on subsequent modules were significantly improved over the previous year, possibly due to the addition of on-ramp module. However, neither version of the new transfer module had significant impact on students' performance on the following module.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B65
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Zhongzhou Chen
University of Central Florida Physics Department
4111 Libra Drive
Room 153
Orlando, FL 32828
Phone: 2177218411
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kyle Whitcomb, University of Pittsburgh

Matthew Guthrie, University of Central Florida

Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh

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