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Abstract Title: Toward an Integrated Online Learning Environment
Abstract: We are building in LON-CAPA an integrated learning environment that will enable the development, dissemination, and evaluation of PER-based material.  The centerpiece of our environment is a collection of multi-level research-based problem sets organized by topic and cognitive complexity that are designed to help students learn physics problem solving. These sets are associated with learning modules that contain very short expositions of the content supplemented by integrated open-access videos, worked examples, simulations, and tutorials (some from ANDES).  Our pedagogical emphasis is Modeling Applied to Problem Solving pedagogy [1], but these materials are editable and rearrangeable to accommodate any pedagogy.  To assess students' performance accurately with respect to a system-wide standard, we plan to implement Item Response Theory to assess students accurately. Together with other PER assessments and purposeful solicitation of student feedback, this will allow us to measure and improve the efficacy of various research-based materials, while getting insights into teaching and learning physics.

1.  A. E. Pawl, A. Barrantes and D. E. Pritchard, "Modeling applied to problem solving" in Proceedings of the 2009 Physics Education Research Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Raluca E. Teodorescu
Department of Physics and Research Laboratory for Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 26-227
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-253-5535
Fax: 617-253-4876
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Andrew Pawl
Department of Physics and Research Laboratory for Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Saif Rayyan
Department of Physics and Research Laboratory for Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Analia Barrantes
Department of Physics and Research Laboratory for Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
David E. Pritchard
Department of Physics and Research Laboratory for Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology