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Abstract Title: In-class vs. Online Administration of Concept Inventories and Attitudinal Assessments
Abstract: This study investigates differences in student responses to in-class and online administrations of the Force Concept Inventory (FCI), Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism (CSEM), and the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS). Over 700 physics students from 3 courses (12 sections) were instructed to complete the concept inventory relevant to their course, either the FCI or CSEM, and the CLASS. Each student was randomly assigned to take one of the surveys in class and the other survey online using the LA Supported Student Outcomes system. Our analysis examines item level and overall performance differences on the surveys across administration settings. We also examine how testing environments affect participation rates. Student demographic information will also be used to identify potential variations across gender, ethnicity, and racial variables.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Manher Jariwala
Boston University
590 Commonwealth Avenue
Department of Physics
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617)353-5766
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jada-Simone S. White (California State University Chico), Ben Van Dusen (California State University Chico), and Eleanor W. Close (Texas State University)