Physics Case Studies

Engaging Physics Students to Go Beyond the Quantitative

For many physics instructors, maintaining motivation and building engagement to better support students with various learning challenges can be difficult. Students often view physics as a series of unrelated facts, concepts, and equations that have little or no bearing on their everyday lives. This disconnect can often lead to disengagement and lack of motivation. Additional common student learning challenges include: difficulty connecting  mathematical formalism and physics
concepts, assembling diverse concepts, and overcoming common preconceptions (or misconceptions).

Physics education research (PER) suggests that by addressing student preconceptions and focusing on conceptual learning, students will achieve a much deeper understanding. Students who connect physics to the real world and confront preconceptions will be better engaged and more equipped to build the necessary conceptual framework to achieve better learning outcomes.
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Physics Students Boost Test Scores with Enhanced WebAssign® at Oral Roberts University

Elena Gregg teaches physics at Oral Roberts University (ORU). In a WDG Research survey in which employers rated the quality of graduates of local training institutions, ORU scored 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5, besting 21 other schools. Elena uses the Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) online homework tool to ensure that her students receive interactive problem-solving practice, access to animations and other visual resources, and individual attention that improves their understanding and performance.

Interested in a digital solution that ensures students practice on their own? Review this study, and learn how EWA supported the success of a physics program at Oral Roberts University. Read More…