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Enhancing Introductory Student Motivation with a Major-Managed Course Blog
  Location: HC 3048
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 2:15 PM -2:25 PM
  Author: W. Brian Lane, Jacksonville University
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Students typically begin an introductory physics course without the important motivational factors of relevance and confidence, such that many students do not fully engage with learning activities. Instructional technology can provide a venue for developing student motivation by extending the classroom discussion and incorporating into the learning community outsiders at different stages along the novice-to-expert journey. To leverage these benefits, we implemented an instructional strategy that used a course blog to create a community of learners made of upper-level physics seminar students (who wrote a variety of articles for the blog) and non-major introductory physics students (who read and commented on the articles). Using various surveys (including the CLASS) and post-instruction interviews, we examine the impact of this strategy on the introductory students' senses of relevance and confidence and propose further developments of this instructional strategy.
  Footnotes: Supported by the Marilyn Repsher Center for Teaching and Learning.
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