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Students' Perceptions of the Pathway Active Learning Environment^1
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 2:15 PM -2:25 PM
  Author: Sytil Murphy, Kansas State University Physics Department
(785) 532-1824, smurphy@phys.ksu.edu
  Co-Author(s): Christopher M. Nakamura , Dean A. Zollman , Michael Christel , Scott Stevens
  Abstract: The Pathway Active Learning Environment (PALE) features a synthetic tutor that provides pre-recorded video responses to questions about physics. Additional multimedia in the form of images or video clips is used to supplement the synthetic tutors' video responses. As a context for interactions with the tutor, students working with the PALE complete online lesson activities organized in three-stage learning cycles. The activities focus on video observation and measurement. To evaluate the system, 22 students were interviewed. Complete participation consisted of three interviews over three weeks in the fall of 2010. Each interview was approximately 1.5 hours long. During the first hour the student worked through one of the lessons. In the last half hour, a researcher interviewed the student to explore the student's thoughts and opinions of the system and to probe their relevant physics knowledge. Themes emerging from a preliminary analysis of the interviews will be discussed.
  Footnotes: 1 This work is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation under grant numbers REC-0632587 and REC-0632657.
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