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ERIC Number: EJ881595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9258
Evaluating the Use of Learning Objects for Improving Calculus Readiness
Kay, Robin; Kletskin, Ilona
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, v29 n1 p87-104 Feb 2010
Pre-calculus concepts such as working with functions and solving equations are essential for students to explore limits, rates of change, and integrals. Yet many students have a weak understanding of these key concepts which impedes performance in their first year university Calculus course. A series of online learning objects was developed to provide students with appropriate resources for self-study in pre-calculus concepts. Each learning object consisted of text-based summary sheets, interactive video-clips demonstrating sample solutions to typical problems, and a set of online mastery practice questions. The results indicated that a majority of students used the learning objects frequently, rated them as useful or very useful, and reported significant knowledge gains in pre-calculus concepts. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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