June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.548.1 - 24.548.19
Evaluation of Impact of Web-based Activities on Mechanics Achievement and Self-EfficacyThis paper presents initial results of a research project on the impact of web-based activities on mechanicsachievement and self-efficacy. This pilot research is addressing the question of "What sticks and why?"in an introductory mechanics course that incorporates traditional lectures with interactive hands-onlearning, as well as web-based instruction and homework. The web-based activities vary in level ofinteraction with the student. High interaction activities feature active learning with instant feedback; lowinteraction activities feature readings and lectures with demonstrations. Exercises focused on creating andusing free body diagrams have been developed, and initial data on self-efficacy has been obtained.Additional studies will be conducted throughout the academic year.The introductory mechanics course for which these web-based exercises are being created is taught to 80-100 students per term and involves hands-on laboratory exercises weekly within the class meeting time.The developed web-based exercises are for a one-week segment on free body diagrams and include videoclips with opportunities for students to apply concepts both through multiple choice questions andinteractive exercises. Class time during this week is devoted to additional hands-on exercises with somesupplemental lecture content. Pilot data have been collected and results will be reported on both thequantitative and qualitative information. Quantitative data include measures of performance on conceptinventory questions and exams, as well as self-efficacy data. Qualitative information includes individualhomework and in-class work as well as in-class pair work. In addition to presenting initial findings fromour research, we will discuss how embedding of assessment into a course is benefitting both the studentsand the instructors.
Billington, S. L., & Sheppard, S. D., & Calfee, R. C., & Boylan-Ashraf, P. C. (2014, June), Evaluation of Impact of Web-based Activities on Mechanics Achievement and Self-Efficacy Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20439
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