ERIC Number: EJ1066781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
The Efficacy of Online MBL Activities
Slykhuis, David; Park, John C.
Journal of Interactive Online Learning, v5 n1 p14-31 Spr 2006
The focus of this study was twofold: one, to determine if students could increase their physics content knowledge through the completion of an online hands-on Microcomputer-Based Laboratory (MBL) unit on motion; and two to determine if the demonstrated learning gains were equivalent to those of students who completed the same MBL activities in a more traditional classroom setting with their teacher. One hundred and fifty high school physics students from five diverse high schools participated in the study. Ninety-five were in the classroom group and 55 were in the online group. The online group showed significant comprehension gains from pre-test to post-test. When compared to the classroom group, there was not a significant difference in the gain scores between the two groups. This suggests that further study could lead to the development of online, hands-on physics classes that could be offered to students whose schools do not offer physics due to the lack of resources or physics teachers.
Descriptors: Motion, Physics, High School Students, Comparative Analysis, Conventional Instruction, Electronic Learning, Secondary School Teachers, Pretests Posttests, Constructivism (Learning), Grade 11, Grade 12, Statistical Analysis, Gender Differences, Instructional Effectiveness
University of Alabama. 152 Rose Administration, P.O. Box 870104, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. Web site: http://www.ncolr.org/jiol
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 11; Grade 12
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A