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  Session: Best Practices in Educational Technology II
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Flexible Physics Mobile: YouTube Bridges from Lecture to Lab
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 1:20PM
  Author: Duncan L. Carlsmith, University of Wisconsin-Madison
608 213 4689, duncan@hep.wisc.edu
  Co-Author(s): Aditya Singh, Lauren Wielgus
  Abstract: Flexible Physics Mobile develops video-based educational objects bridging lecture and laboratory for undergraduate high-enrollment courses in introductory physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each video provides a brief pedagogical introduction to the physical concepts to be explored and a visual introduction to the actual equipment to be encountered, both tailored in sophistication to student preparation. The 2011-12 Educational Innovation project Flexible Physics for the Google World explored techniques and protocols (video, stills, screencasts, animations, clickable transcripts, editing techniques). It developed educational objects for UW-Madison Physics 104 and 208 which were deployed with Flash technology through a department server. The 2013014 Flexible Physics Mobile project has redeployed legacy educational objects on YouTube (search for Flexible Physics UW Madison) and has produced a suite of new videos for Physics 103, Physics 207, Physics 201, Physics 202, and Physics 109. The videos are a) discoverable, b) maintainable, c) closed captioned, d) available on mobile devices, and e) tagged and linked to related material. Usage analytics data indicates high student engagement and retention. The challenges, successes, and results of this project will be described.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Carlsmith-FlexiblePhysicsMobileAAPT2014.pdf

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