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written by Raluca E. Teodorescu, Daniel T. Seaton, Caroline N. Cardamone, Saif Rayyan, Jonathan E. Abbott, Analia Barrantes, Andrew Pawl, and David E. Pritchard
We investigate student-chosen, multi-level homework in our Integrated Learning Environment for Mechanics built using the LON-CAPA open-source learning system. Multi-level refers to problems categorized as easy, medium, and hard. Problem levels were determined a priori based on the knowledge needed to solve them. We analyze these problems using three measures: time-per-problem, LON-CAPA difficulty, and item difficulty measured by item response theory. Our analysis of student behavior in this environment suggests that time-per-problem is strongly dependent on problem category, unlike either score-based measures. We also found trends in student choice of problems, overall effort, and efficiency across the student population. Allowing students choice in problem solving seems to improve their motivation; 70% of students worked additional problems for which no credit was given.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 81-84
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Education - Applied Research
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© 2011 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.3679999
NSF Numbers:
1044294
0757931
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40Ha
Keywords:
LON-CAPA, Multi-level homework, PERC 2011, online homework, problem solving
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R. Teodorescu, D. Seaton, C. Cardamone, S. Rayyan, J. Abbott, A. Barrantes, A. Pawl, and D. Pritchard, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11818&DocID=2668).
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R. Teodorescu, D. Seaton, C. Cardamone, S. Rayyan, J. Abbott, A. Barrantes, A. Pawl, and D. Pritchard, When students can choose easy, medium, or hard homework problems presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11818&DocID=2668>.
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Teodorescu, R., Seaton, D., Cardamone, C., Rayyan, S., Abbott, J., Barrantes, A., Pawl, A., & Pritchard, D. (2011, August 3-4). When students can choose easy, medium, or hard homework problems. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved July 28, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11818&DocID=2668
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Teodorescu, R, D. Seaton, C. Cardamone, S. Rayyan, J. Abbott, A. Barrantes, A. Pawl, and D. Pritchard. "When students can choose easy, medium, or hard homework problems." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11818&DocID=2668 (accessed 28 July 2014).
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Teodorescu, Raluca, Daniel Seaton, Caroline Cardamone, Saif Rayyan, Jonathan Abbott, Analia Barrantes, Andrew Pawl, and David E. Pritchard. "When students can choose easy, medium, or hard homework problems." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 81-84 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 28 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11818&DocID=2668>.
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