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Abstract Title: An Introductory Physics MOOC with Video Lab Reports: Design, Implementation, and Challenges
Abstract: We describe the design and implementation of an introductory physics Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) offered through Coursera that incorporates computational modeling, peer review, and laboratory exercises. We place special emphasis on the laboratory exercises, which we have designed to resemble the real-world practice of science. In these labs, students capture video of real-world objects with their smartphones. Using this data, they analyze their videos using motion-tracking software and then create predictive computational models of the motion using VPython. Students later compare their computational models to their observations and create video lab reports in which they present their findings and analysis. Assessment of lab reports is done through peer review; students rate their peers' video lab reports in terms of the quality of the content and presentation. While developing and implementing this MOOC, we have encountered specific challenges (technical and institutional), which we detail in this paper.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: John M. Aiken
Georgia Institute of Technology
837 State Street
Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 6786973181
and Co-Presenter(s)
Scott S. Douglas, Shih-Yin Lin, Michael F. Schatz
Georgia Institute of Technology

Brian D. Thoms
Georgia State University

Marcos D. Caballero
Michigan State University