ERIC Number: EJ1082400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Perceptions of Online Homework Use for Formative Assessment of Learning in Organic Chemistry
Richards-Babb, Michelle; Curtis, Reagan; Georgieva, Zornitsa; Penn, John H.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n11 p1813-1819 Nov 2015
Use of online homework as a formative assessment tool for organic chemistry coursework was examined. Student perceptions of online homework in terms of (i) its ranking relative to other course aspects, (ii) their learning of organic chemistry, and (iii) whether it improved their study habits and how students used it as a learning tool were investigated. Our students perceived the online homework as one of the more useful course aspects for learning organic chemistry content. We found a moderate and statistically significant correlation between online homework performance and final grade. Gender as a variable was ruled out since significant gender differences in overall attitude toward online homework use and course success rates were not found. Our students expressed relatively positive attitudes toward use of online homework with a majority indicating improved study habits (e.g., study in a more consistent manner). Our students used a variety of resources to remediate incorrect responses (e.g., class materials, general online materials, and help from others). However, 39% of our students admitted to guessing at times, instead of working to remediate incorrect responses. In large enrollment organic chemistry courses, online homework may act to bridge the student-instructor gap by providing students with a supportive mechanism for regulated learning of content.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Homework, Electronic Learning, Formative Evaluation, Organic Chemistry, Statistical Significance, Correlation, Grades (Scholastic), Gender Differences, Positive Attitudes, Study Habits, Guessing (Tests), Web Based Instruction, Student Surveys, Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis
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