University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Friday, April 1st 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker:  Bijaya Aryal UMN-Rochester
Subject: "Exploring Students’ Views about an Internet-based Computer Coaching System for Physics Problem Solving"

We have implemented an Internet-based Computer Coaching System for problem solving at University of Minnesota Rochester for last several semesters. Some of the Coaches are introduced in classroom as part of group activity and the other Coaches are made optional for them to use outside classroom as a supplement in problem solving support. Recently, we interviewed students to assess students’ degree of favorability about the Coaches and usefulness and effectiveness of the Coaches. In this presentation I will describe interview results focusing on the areas of strengths and areas of weakness of the Coaches as perceived by the students. I will also discuss attributions of students’ quantitative and computer technology skills on their opinions about the Coaches and their usage pattern.

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