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Abstract Title: Students’ Social Media Participation is Positively Correlated with Homework Effort
Abstract: In this paper, we investigate the connection between the time students spend on homework and their participation in a course-based social media site on the CourseNetworking platform (CN). We implemented CN in our introductory calculus-based mechanics class. The site was used primarily to facilitate student-student communications, although the instructor also used it on some occasions to distribute information to the class. We also used WebAssign as a homework system, and extracted data on student activities in that system as well. In this paper, we describe a study of the connections among students' efforts and outcomes as measured by CN and WebAssign. We find that those students who used CN most also spent more time on the homework, earned higher homework scores, and skipped fewer assignments. This suggests that use of CN is a form of positive engagement with the class, rather than a distraction.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Andy Gavrin
Department of Physics, LD154
402 N. Blackford St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: 317-274-6909
and Co-Presenter(s)
Rebecca Lindell
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University