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  Session: Post-deadline Abstracts III
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Impact of Prelab Videos on Introductory Life Sciences Physics Laboratories.
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 4:40PM
  Author: Matt Steffler,, University of Guelph,
226.821.4691, stefflem@uoguelph.ca
  Co-Author(s): Duncan Brain, Braeden Skene, Martin Williams
  Abstract: We discuss our implementation of targeted prelab videos designed for laboratory exercises in a large enrollment (900 student) introductory physics for the life sciences course. Our goal was to create preparatory videos that helped students have a better appreciation of the role of labs, strengthen conceptual understanding, and reduce time on task. Students were asked to take part in a survey about their experiences with the videos and the labs. Such factors as time to complete labs, impressions on lab manageability and insight gained, and overall comments were gathered and analyzed. We found that 45 - 55% of students completed the prelab videos on a regular basis, which is much lower than anticipated. When time on task for individual labs was compared, it was found to have increased rather than decreased for the majority of the labs. We will discuss in the talk the implications of these results.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Steffler - presentation for AAPT July 2017 - as presented.pdf

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