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Abstract Title: Analyzing the impacts of a new mobile application on student understanding of and attitudes toward electric fields
Abstract: The physics education and computer science researchers at Ithaca College collaborated to develop a mobile application to provide students with a dynamic experience studying electric fields, a notoriously difficult topic. This study is the first in a longitudinal study comparing the impacts of the mobile application and paired worksheet activity to other learning tools including a laptop simulation and a worksheet-only activity. Participants include health science majors enrolled in an algebra-based physics class. The normalized gain in performance on a diagnostic administered prior to and after interacting with one of the three activities was used to measure the impact of each activity on student understanding. Student attitude was measured using a questionnaire in the post-activity diagnostic. The results show students prefer laptop activities as physics learning aids and students in the two sections, mobile application and laptop simulation, produced higher average gains in learning than those in the worksheet-only section.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: 2.K5

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Liana Rodelli
Ithaca College
and Co-Presenter(s)
Colleen L. Countryman (Ithaca College)