Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
April 7, 2017
April 7, 2017
April 8, 2017
Improving student education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is critical to the progress and success of an economy. Although it is well established that STEM related degree holders are likely to be more successful and earn a higher income that non-STEM degree holders, the number of students opting to study STEM courses do not show a significant growth. There are several reasons for this. One of the main reason is the rate of attrition in basic and required STEM classes such as physics and calculus. In this article, we describe our attempt at improving physics learning using a responsive computer based tutor. This automated tutor presents problems to students, takes their input, and provides immediate feedback and/or hints to the student based on their input. While it is interacting with the students, the computer collects anonymous student data at a very fine grained level, recording every mouse click, student response, and waiting times. Studying about 2000 such student interactions, we present the lessons learned, patterns of student behavior recognized, and suggestions for future deployment.
Aravind, V. R., & Croyle, K. D. (2017, April), Individualized Learning through Computer Based Tutors Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Mid Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. https://peer.asee.org/29261
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