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1 Supported by the Gates Foundation & NSF (DUE-0942076) An Introductory Physics MOOC with a Lab

2 The Physics Paradox + Leads in innovation (education research) + Lags in (systemic) implementation NRC Report: “Adapting to a changing world” Jack M. Wilson “Over the past several decades, active research by physicists into the teaching of their subject has yielded important insights….. But this new knowledge is slow to find significant adoption, nor is it fully understood by physics faculty.”

3 Education Energy Landscape Traditional Implementation w/ Erin Rericha

4 MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) + Online videos + Virtual discussion forums + Free + “Certificate” instead of credit

5 MOOC Provider:

6 How do you do a lab in an online course?


8 (a web cam works, too.)

9 Video Capture & Analysis of Motion Observations

10 Model Motion Observations

11 Report & Peer Evaluate

12 Course Activities Labs Video lectures Textbook readings Homework Forum

13 Rethinking Lecture Content & Delivery

14 Rethinking Lecture Content & Delivery (More Examples)

15 Whiteboard-Animated Lectures with Student-created Content + Low cost (Labor, Tools) + Better science than professional animators + Expresses student creativity, enthusiasm

16 Textbook Challenges

17 Homework Challenges

18 Forum + Third-party provider (Piazza) + MOOC discussion: Wide dynamic range

19 The Labs (1) Constant Velocity (2)Free Fallin’ (1D force & motion) (3) Black Holes (>1D force & motion) (4) Rope Physics in Sport (Energy, Oscillations) (5) Capstone: Choose Your Own Adventure

20 Lab Reports Each student creates a 5-minute video lab report, uploads to YouTube

21 Peer Evaluation: Rubric + Students grade 5 peer videos + self with 5-item rubric

22 Training to Evaluate + Beforehand…. * View sample videos and apply rubric * Guided video critique + Afterward…. * TA-moderated discussion in forums

23 Peer Evaluation Implementation (Ideal) Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) (Arlene Russell, UCLA) + Student performance in training used to weight evaluations

24 Peer Evaluation Implementation (Actual) Coursera + No calibration---student score is item median.

25 MOOC numbers + Large enrollments * 20312 (Summer 2013) * 16480 (Fall 2013) * 7119 (Spring 2014—on going) + 58% Bachelor’s degree or beyond + 55% outside of U.S. & Canada

26 Persistence in Course

27 Age Distribution At the StartEnd of Course % Of Total

28 Reaching New Audiences


30 The Future

31 US State System Partners

32 Georgia On-line Pre-calculus Charles Kutal (U. Georgia) and collaborators







39 $7000 Masters Degree (CS) Aug. 17, 2013 NY Times

40 Acknowledgements Georgia Tech Scott Douglas, Shih-Yin Lin, Emily Alicia-Munoz, Ed Greco Georgia State John Aiken, Brian Thoms NC State Ruth Chabay Bruce Sherwood Michigan State University Danny Caballero Supported by the Gates Foundation & NSF DUE-0942076 St. Andrew’s School John Burk Highpoint University Aaron Titus Hamline University Andy Rundquist


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