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Title: Electrifying Learning!


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Electrifying Learning!
Engaging Students with Online Homework/Activities
Resources using Mastering
  • Scott Hildreth
  • Astronomy Physics Chabot College Hayward, CA

2
Goals for Our Session
  • What is Mastering to me?
  • How and why I use it
  • Getting Started
  • Tips, Ideas, Caveats
  • Your feedback questions are welcome throughout!

3
An Overview of Mastering
  • Online Homework System with 24/7 availability
  • But much more
  • Great Range of Problems, Tutorials, Quizzes
  • Dynamic, context-specific hints feedback
  • Rich Diagnostics by student/class
  • Enormous elasticity for use across courses

4
Lets See the System - 1
  • Live example of my physics class from last
    spring, showing home screen, assignments, due
    dates, etc.

5
Ways I Use Mastering
  • Required weekly homework assignments
  • In-class collaborative group work
  • Lecture doing problems together
  • Required reading quizzes exams
  • Exam Preparation
  • Extra Credit Remedial Help

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Lets See the System - 2
  • View of a typical assignment, and then a tutorial
    problem from physicsOne of the reasons Ive
    found the system to be useful for my students is
    the types of questions available, and in
    particular, the multi-part tutorial questions
    with scaffolding, hints, feedback, and graphics.

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Mastering Captures Data
9
Using Results
Cannon, Annie Einstein, Al Fermi, Rico Feynman,
Dick Leavitt, Henrie Pei, I.M. Schwarzschild,
Xi, Hua
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Using Results
Cannon, Annie Einstein, Al Fermi, Rico Feynman,
Dick Leavitt, Henrie Pei, I.M. Schwarzschild,
Xi, Hua
Success by student
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Using Results
Average Time
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Using Results
Difficulty
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Using Results
Score by Problem
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Getting Started!
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Creating Courses
  • Each class has UNIQUE course ID
  • Shared with students
  • Make it easier to identify your course
  • Change MAHILDRETH35293
  • to
  • ASTRO10SPRING2011HILDRETH

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Creating Assignments
  • Create a Standard HW category
  • Hint options, Late penalties, Attempts, etc.
  • Easy to change later
  • As you get comfortable
  • Add categories for quizzes, remedial, EC,
  • Adjust credit for hints, late work, etc.
  • Try simple editor to add/delete/enhance parts

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Using the Item Library
  • Sort Problems by difficulty, type, title
  • Customize credit based on time or difficulty
  • Track total estimated time difficulty
  • Add messages to enhance instructions

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Using the Item Library
  • Sort Problems by difficulty, type, title
  • Customize credit based on time or difficulty
  • Track total estimated time difficulty
  • Add messages to enhance instructions

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Annotating Assignments
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Lets See the System - 3
  • Quick demonstration of creating a course, and
    adding assignments, and viewing an enhanced
    assignment with links to YouTube

21
Tracking Student Grades
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Gradebook Views
  • Overall Scores for every student
  • Adjustable filters

23
Gradebook Views
  • Assignment Scores for Individual Students

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Gradebook Views
  • Specific Scores on Each Problem

25
Gradebook Views
  • EVERY answer given on every problem in every
    assignment

26
Gradebook Views
  • Change credit, extend due dates - instantly

27
Exporting Grades
  • Easy to export all grades to Excel with a couple
    of clicks

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Lets See the System - 4
  • Illustrating student results with a sample
    student account in my physics and astronomy
    classes.

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Familiarity breeds success
  • Over time, you will learn to incorporate
  • New Tutorial Problems with effective hints
  • Which problems need additional hints
  • Which problems dont work as well
  • New ways to use the system for your classes and
    students.
  • Be patient, explore, experiment!

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Questions? Discussion?
  • Check out a resource list research
  • http//www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mas
    tering
  • Login to my classes to look around
  • Email me with questions!
  • shildreth_at_chabotcollege.edu

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Additional Ideas
  • What Results Have I Seen Personally?
  • What Problems Can Occur?
  • Caveats Gotchas

32
Personal Goals
  • Track student usage easily
  • Take earlier, positive action
  • Students obviously struggling
  • Those working hard, and
  • Those hardly working.

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Personal Goals
  • Minimize faculty learning curve
  • use one system for both disciplines

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Results Astro
  • Trend Increase in Retention
  • Similar trend in Success
  • Student Surveys
  • 90 online AND on-campus say Mastering Astro
    helped them succeed.

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Results Physics
  • 10 Increase in Retention over prior years before
    using Mastering Physics
  • No major differences in student success (!)
  • Increase in Force Concept Inventory (FCI)
    Normative Gain!?
  • Student Surveys
  • 90 say Mastering Physics is the most important
    factor in their success.

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Using Results
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Results Overall
  • Data gives me enormous power!
  • How long do students spend on their HW?
  • What do they miss?
  • WHY do they miss it?
  • Time saved NOT grading gives me enormous
    potential!
  • Revised 20 labs in two years
  • Revised every lecture
  • Staying connected with my students!

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Concerns Criticisms
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Concerns
  • How much time is required to LEARN the tool on
    our side. and,
  • How much time away from key concepts is really
    required to teach the tool to the student?
  • What about teaching students to diagram problems,
    or explain steps of a solution?
  • What about Cheating?

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Concerns Criticisms
  • You wont really know what they are doing wrong
    without looking at paper HW
  • Some problems dont lend themselves to computer
    mediation
  • You spend too much time teaching the tool, not
    the concepts.
  • The tool is too complex.
  • The grading system makes errors.

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Caveats, Gotchas, Gremlins
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Caveats, Gotchas, Gremlins
  • Incorrect Answers can occur
  • Java Plug-ins need updating
  • Pay attention to Units (esp. radians vs.
    degrees), Significant Figures, Tolerances
  • Gradebook can be crowded
  • Using Groups requires manually entering grades
    for all members.

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Online is not for Everyone
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But on the plus side
  • More time to focus on teaching
  • More information to use
  • More flexibility than textbooks alone
  • More accessibility

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Cartoons.
  • Images reprinted in the online presentation and
    available online were borrowed with permission
    from "e-mail.this.book", The Cartoon Bank, Alfred
    A. Knopf, NY, 1996.
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