http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mastering

Using Mastering with Today's Students

Scott Hildreth  - Chabot College

Spring  2017


Using Mastering Data to Explore Student Success

Tracking Improvements in Physics Student Success with the Force Concept Inventory

Long term study of Physics 4A before/after using Mastering Physics

Using Diagnostic Data to Alter Future Assignments

           Example: Physics 4A Mechanics: Using Diagnostics from Past Classes to Alter Assignments (Spring 2012)

            Example: Astro 20: Using Diagnostics from Past Classes to Alter Assignments (Spring 2012)

Midterm Exam vs. Mastering Homework

Physics 4B: Electromagnetism (Calculus-based second semester course) 

Correlating Mastering Work with 1st Midterm Results (Fall 2012)

Correlating Mastering Work with 1st Midterm Results (Spring 2013)

Correlating Mastering Work with 1st Midterm Results (Fall 2016)

Correlating Mastering Work with 1st & 2nd Midterms (Spring 2017)

Physics 4A: Mechanics (Calculus-based first semester course) 

Physics 4A Mechanics Fall 2015

Physics 4A Mechanics: Spring 2014

Physics 4A Mechanics: Correlating Mastering Work with 1st Midterm Results (Spring 2012)

Physics 4A Mechanics: Correlating Mastering Work with 1st Midterm Results  (Fall 2011)

Using WileyPlus Data to Explore Student Success

Physics 4A Spring 2015 Midterm 1 Results

Other Physics & Astronomy Classes using Mastering

Astronomy 10: Fall 2016 Mastering vs. Mindtap

Astronomy 10: Spring 2016

Astronomy 10: Fall 2015

Astronomy 10: Correlating Mastering HW/Quiz scores to 1st Midterm Results (Spring 2012)

Astronomy 20 Stars & Universe: Correlating Mastering Tutorial Scores with Online Reading Quiz Scores (Fall 2011)

Physics 4C Waves/Thermodynamics: Correlating Mastering Work with 1st Midterm  Results (Spring 2011)

Astronomy 10 Solar System: Correlating Mastering HW with Exam Results (Spring 2011)

 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss possible ways to use Mastering Physics or Astronomy specifically, or Mastering tools in general, please feel free to contact me directly at shildreth@chabotcollege.edu .  My website is available at http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth .


Link to PowerPoint Presentations 

Using Mastering for Much More than Homework! (4/8/17)

Introduction to Mastering (4/8/17)
http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mastering/Introduction_to_Mastering_2017.ppt

 Using Mastering for Much More than Homework! (2/15/17)
http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mastering/Mastering_Homework_noFS.ppt

Mastering’s Powerful Diagnostics: Analyze Student Performance and Use Results to Improve Learning (4/22/15) http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mastering/Data_Analysis_with_Mastering_April_2015_no_FS.ppt

Data Analysis with Mastering Physics & Astronomy Teleconference (2/15/13) http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mastering/Data_Analysis_with_Mastering.ppt

Engaging Students & Enhancing Content with Mastering: (10/21/11 "Speaking About Mastering" Teleconference)
             http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mastering/EngagingStudentswithMasteringOctober2011.ppt
 

New Mastering Physics Content and Applications for Even More Student Success: (10/21/11 "Speaking About Mastering Teleconference)
            http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mastering/MasteringPhysicsNewContentTeleconferenceOctober2011.ppt

Introduction to Mastering: Using it with Today's Students: http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mastering/Mastering_noFS.ppt

Enhancing Content with Mastering http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mastering/EnhancedContent_noFS.ppt

    Why I use Mastering: http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mastering/WhyIUseMastering_nofs.ppt

    Overview: What is Mastering?  (10/29/10 "Speaking About Mastering" Teleconference): http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mastering/Mastering_Overview_Teleconference_October_2010.ppt

    Personalizing Your Mastering Course (10/29/10 "Speaking About Mastering" Teleconference) http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/mastering/Personalizing_Mastering_October_2010.ppt

Teaching with Technology Day - Saturday, 5 March 2011 - Using Mastering at Chabot College

Introductory Class Materials for MasteringAstronomy: http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/astronomy/masteringastro.html

Introductory Class Materials for MasteringPhysics: http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/physics/masteringphyiscsho.htm


Annotated References and Papers of Interest

Allain, R., Williams, T. The Effectiveness of Online Homework in an Introductory Science Class. Journal of College Science Teaching, May 2006

Bonham, S. Beichner, R., Deardorff, D. Online Homework: Does It Make a Differences? The Physics Teacher Vol. 39, May 2001. p 293-296. (This article maintained that students did not necessarily do better with online homework systems than traditional paper-collection assignments.  But I suggest that now almost 9 years old in publication, its claims need to be re-examined. I hope more of us as users of online HW tools will undertake similar research studies to share with colleagues about what we learn from our students' successes and challenges with the systems we choose.)

Brown, G. R. Using Online Resources in Teaching Introductory Physics. In Letters to the Editor, Am. J. Phys. (11) November 2006. p 949-950. (Brown's letter is a followup to Gerd Kortemeyer's articles below "An analysis of asynchronous online homework discussions in introductory physics courses. He mentions that we need an easy-to-use method of entering formulae; Mastering has that equation builder within the system.)

Cheng, K., Thacker, B., Cardenas, R., Crouch, C. Using an online homework system enhances students' learning of physics concepts in an introductory physics course. Am. J. Phys. 72 (11), November 2004. (This is a wonderful paper, although now getting a bit dated!  The technology described in 2002-2004 has gotten much more sophisticated, but the conclusions - that measured by FCI gains, students did better with online homework systems, are still - to me - valid today.

Etkina, E. et.al. Scientific Abilities and their assessment. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research 2, 020103 (2006).

Greene, R. Second-Generation Automatic Problem Grading. The Physics Teacher Vol. 44, December 2006. p 596-599. (Greene discusses how a future homework system might do more than check solutions, and in addition check logical development by allowing and parsing sketches of the problem, equations chosen, variables vs. constants, and even estimates.)

Kortemeyer, G. An analysis of asynchronous online homework discussions in introductory physics courses. Am. J. Phys. 74 (6), June 2006.

Kortemeyer, G. Gender differences in the use of an online homework system in an introductory physics course. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research 5, 010107 (2009).

Lee, Y., Palazzo, D., Warnakulasooriya, R., Pritchard, D. Measuring student learning with item response theory. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research 4, 010102 (2008).   (Available at Mastering Physics Site, under "Publications," this paper looks at ways to validate statistically that opening and using hints on scaffolding tutorial problems results in measureable increases in student success.)

Morote, E., Pritchard, D. What course elements correlate with improvement on tests in introductory Newtonian mechanics?

Scherr, R. Video analysis for insight and coding: Examples from tutorials in introductory physics. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research 5, 020106 (2009). (Scherr discusses how videotapes of students interacting during a discussion/recitation section give clues to their involvement and engagement with the material.  One thing I liked very much was the author's recognition of her own inherent biases in what she 'though' might be happening based on observed gestures and postures, vs. what was happening based on the audio from within the groups.)

Warnakulasooriya, R, Palazzo, D., Pritchard, D. Time to Completion of Web-based Physics Problems with Tutoring.  Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 2007, 88, 103-113 Number 1 (July). (Available at Mastering Physics Site, under "Publications," this paper looks at ways to validate statistically that the amount of time students spend on the problems relates to their success.  The idea that those taking little or no time might be using answers from external sources (perhaps another student who went through the problem first) is explored.

Young, J. Cheaters Never Win, at Least in Physics, a Professor Finds. Wired Campus. Chronicle of Higher Education [Internet]. 2010 March 18 [Cited 2010 March 25]. Available from: http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Cheaters-Never-Win-at-Least/21895/ (This article discusses Dr. David Pritchard's work at MIT, and how he found that students who 'cheated' by putting in no apparent thinking time in MasteringPhysics were relatively easy to spot, based on the scores vs. time spent.  Moreover, when it came to exams, it was also easy to tell those students didn't *do* well!)



Last Updated: 3/16

 Scott Hildreth

Chabot College