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Abstract Title: Teaching experimental and data analysis skills in online labs
Abstract: In this study, we evaluate the feasibility and pedagogy of transforming the lab component of an introductory physics course (N=800) such that it can be done entirely at home with common materials, a smartphone, and online support. Student performance in the online labs is compared to students doing similar labs face-to-face in a campus laboratory. The comparison is based on the end-of-term final projects that serve as the main assessment of learning for the lab component of the course. For the final projects, students first come up with a research question and then use the experimental and data analysis techniques learned over the term to attempt to answer the question. Fifteen TAs were used to assess the final projects using a rubric, and no signi?cant performance difference was found between the face-to-face and the online lab format. The main features of the labs and the comparison analysis will be presented.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Firas Moosvi
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Non U.S.
and Co-Presenter(s)
Stefan Reinsberg, UBC Physics & Astronomy
Georg Rieger, UBC Physics & Astronomy