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Active learning in pre-class assignments: Exploring the use of interactive simulations to enhance reading assignments
written by Jared B. Stang, Megan Barker, Sarah Perez, Joss Ives, and Ido Roll
Pre-class reading assignments help prepare students for active classes by providing a first exposure to the terms and concepts to be used during class. We investigate if the use of inquiry-oriented PhET-based activities in conjunction with pre-class reading assignments can improve both the preparation of students for in-class learning and student attitudes towards and engagement with pre-class assignments. Over three course modules covering different topics, students were assigned randomly to complete either a textbook-only pre-class assignment or both a textbook pre-class assignment and a PhET-based activity. The assignments helped prepare students for class, as measured by performance on the pre-class quiz relative to a beginning-of-semester pretest, but no evidence for increased learning due the PhET activity was observed. Students rated the assignments which included PhET as more enjoyable and, for the topic latest in the semester, reported spending more time on the assignments when PhET was included.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 332-335
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J. Stang, M. Barker, S. Perez, J. Ives, and I. Roll, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14263&DocID=4617).
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J. Stang, M. Barker, S. Perez, J. Ives, and I. Roll, Active learning in pre-class assignments: Exploring the use of interactive simulations to enhance reading assignments, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14263&DocID=4617>.
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Stang, J., Barker, M., Perez, S., Ives, J., & Roll, I. (2016, July 20-21). Active learning in pre-class assignments: Exploring the use of interactive simulations to enhance reading assignments. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14263&DocID=4617
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Stang, J, M. Barker, S. Perez, J. Ives, and I. Roll. "Active learning in pre-class assignments: Exploring the use of interactive simulations to enhance reading assignments." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14263&DocID=4617 (accessed 17 December 2017).
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Stang, Jared B., Megan Barker, Sarah Perez, Joss Ives, and Ido Roll. "Active learning in pre-class assignments: Exploring the use of interactive simulations to enhance reading assignments." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 332-335 of PER Conference. 17 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14263&DocID=4617>.
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