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Implementation of ORION and its Effect on Student Learning

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Engineering Physics and Physics Division Poster Session

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Engineering Physics & Physics

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26.908.1 - 26.908.6



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Kenneth M Purcell University of Southern Indiana

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Dr. Kenneth M Purcell is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Southern Indiana. His research interests include low temperature/high magnetic field studies of heavy fermion superconducting materials.

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Implementation of ORION and its Effect on Student LearningOver the last 12 months, Wiley has introduced WileyPlus with ORION, an adaptiveonline learning system that is personalized to students needs. After completing a twentyquestion diagnostic exam to determine their initial proficiency in the chapter subjectmaterial, students are presented with multiple choice practice problems of a difficultydetermined by their performance on the diagnostic exam. The difficulty of practiceproblems presented to them as they continue with their practice also adapts to match theirlevel of performance. To guide their studying, students are provided with reports thatshow performance and study time data broken into specific subject material displayed asa red, yellow or green level. The instructor also has access to this information.The use of ORION was made mandatory for students in my first semester calculus basedintroductory physics course and monitored to award points upon a level of proficiencybeing met. Students’ conceptual understanding of the subject material was measuredusing the Force Motion Concept Evaluation administered at the beginning and end of thesemester and was compared to that of students who used WileyPlus before the addition ofORION. Performance on the same final exam was also compared. Overall instructorexperience and student response will also be discussed.

Purcell, K. M. (2015, June), Implementation of ORION and its Effect on Student Learning Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24245

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