San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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USING ONLINE QUIZZES AND DISCUSSION FORUMS TO ENHANCE LEARNING NUMERICAL METHODSABSTRACTThe use of quizzes to enhance learning outcomes has been used by educators in several coursesto various degrees of success. On our campus the class on numerical methods has been offeredfor the past two summers as a hybrid course, with both the online and face-to-face components.As it is a course offered in the summer’s shortened eight-week session, the 3-credit hour coursein only a face-to-face class setting typically meets two hours, thrice a week. The hybrid coursethat I taught in the past two summers met once a week and the other two meetings wereconducted as “online” meetings. The reasons to offer the course as a hybrid course rather than atotally online course will be discussed in the full-length paper.By assigning a substantial portion of the course grade to online quizzes (in my course 20%), Iessentially forced the students to use the Blackboard Vista course management system(http://blackboard.com), which is available freely to our students on campus. The BlackboardVista system is also available to students either on-campus or off-campus. Technology and skillrequirements are made clear to the students who sign up for the course. The students are alsomade aware of the participation expectations. For the pilot study I used the online quizzes tohelp me in the teaching delivery of the numerical methods course. In addition, one of the otherrequirements for the online portion of the course was that all students had to participate activelyin online discussion forums. Only 5% of the course grade was attributed to the onlinediscussions. The students had to post at least one new discussion thread on a topic and respondto at least two others. The discussions were monitored by me and the rules of “netiquette” wereexplained at the beginning of the course making it very clear that any use of “foul” language willnot be tolerated. I was not totally surprised to find that the students who took the online quizzesand who participated actively in the online discussion forums actually performed much better intheir mid-term and final exams than those that didn’t participate actively in the online activities.
Pai, B. K. (2012, June), Using Online Quizzes and Discussion Forums to Enhance Learning Numerical Methods Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22192
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