P340: Student impressions, attitudes, and perceived learning with two homework systems

Author: Caitlin J. Zumalt , Texas A & M University, USA (Presented by Vickie M. Williamson, Texas A & M University, USA)

Co-Author: Vickie M. Williamson, Texas A & M University, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 3:40 PM4:00 PM

Room: MAK BLL 126

Related Symposium: S30

Students in the first semester of a general chemistry course at a large southwestern university completed a 3-week homework assignment using Mindtap, a Cengage Learning product. Mindtap is an electronic product that has homework questions embedded in the text, such that a short reading section is followed by a short question set. Due to technical difficulties, students were moved to OWL version 1 (Online Web Learning from Cengage Learning) for their next homework sets. The OWL system has the homework linked to the text, rather than embedded. With OWL, they completed two 2-week homework assignments. A survey was given on the day the second assignment was due. The survey included Likert-scaled and open-response questions dealing with students perceived level of understanding using the different systems, how easy the systems were to use, and the advantages/disadvantages of each system. This presentation will present the findings from a 300-person class for the quantitative and qualitative portions of the survey, with recommendations for the future.