New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Computers in Education
Online Laboratories allow students to perform virtual and real experiments remotely. The user interfaces of the laboratories are delivered by Web-based client applications that can be accessed with every modern browser. This work presents the results of a survey carried out in the scope of a national project that aims among others to gain knowledge from peer-feedback to improve usability and to increase workload of Educational Online Laboratories, as well as to explore age-dependent requirements for the integration of Online Laboratories in classes of secondary schools.
In our project we work together with three secondary schools from Austria and some others from European countries with a focus on STEM subjects. Each Austrian project partner develops its own Educational Online Laboratory in an area that suits their curricula. To assure that the laboratory experiments are qualified in terms of their pedagogical goals (usability and age appropriateness for use in classes), a part of the project is to ensure that every laboratory goes through a pilot phase, where it is tested by students of the same age from participating schools.
During the project, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy invited us to take part in a contest with the goal to involve young students in science topics. We have participated in this contest, since one of our project goals is to gain insight from students and teachers from secondary schools concerning the potential usage of Online Laboratories in class. Our task for the students was to try out Online Laboratories and to provide feedback regarding usability, experienced challenges and personal impressions. The contest allowed us to test the stability of our Online Laboratories in a large scale, before they were presented to our international school partners. The evaluation of the feedback from this contest helps us to understand problems and design flaws, but also to detect what aspects keep the students interested. This paper will provide a statistical analysis of those aspects.
Kreiter, C., & Garbi Zutin, D., & Auer, M. E. (2016, June), WORK IN PROGRESS: A Study on Student Feedback Regarding the Usability of Online Laboratories Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27211
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