Session S64c (Thursday, 9:30am, Mueller 008)

P935: How to help students maximize learning from their homework effort with creative scheduling of assignments

Sylvia Esjornson (Southwestern Oklahoma State University, USA)

Per credit hour, students are expected to study two hours out of class for every one hour in class.  Many beginning students of chemistry are well-intentioned but ill-equipped to fill these hours productively early in the semester.  Electronic homework management systems can be used to design a study landscape for these students.  Performance data and usage histories are examined to analyze effects of assignments intended to promote mastery of essential skills used in the learning of chemistry.  Current practices in the scheduling and implementation of electronic homework within a traditional course design are discussed.  Verbal and behavioral responses of students to such schedules of assignments are summarized by a veteran user of Chem-Skill Builder®, Eduspace®, and MasteringChemistry®.  Ideally, as the semester progresses, measurement and conversion exercises become easier for the students to complete as they become more adept at solving problems through repeated practice.


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