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Presentation Title: The Laboratory Dilemma in Online Physics: A Solution that is a Durable Lesson
Abstract: Many have recently been thrust into online teaching of physics. When Athabasca U. pioneered distance ed. physics in the 1990s with self-study courses on standard freshman mechanics and E&M content, it was a challenge to integrate labs. Then, calculators able to control detectors, such as sonic rangers, became available. A "home lab" approach was developed, which later extended to other subjects, allowing students to perform quality physics experiments with real data, using a lab kit borrowed from the library and sent by mail. Through time our highly successful home lab approach has changed to use what are now common household items like smartphones. We will discuss how to implement home labs now and retain them when "normal" status returns.
Submission Category: Laboratory
Acknowledgement of funding: (former) Office of Learning Technologies, Government of Canada
Presentation: Download the Presentation
Abstract DOI: 10.1119/PICUP.Abstract.VCS2020.8101

Primary Author Information

First name: Martin
Last name: Connors
Institution: Athabasca University
Zip Code: T6G0R9

Co-Author Information

Additional Co-authors or Co-presenters: Farook Al-Shamali, Athabasca University
Christy Bredeson, Athabasca University