Researching for Better Instructional Methods Using AB Experiments in MOOCs: Results and Challenges

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dc.contributor.author Chen, Zhongzhou
dc.contributor.author Chudzicki, Christopher
dc.contributor.author Palumbo, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Alexandron, Giora
dc.contributor.author Choi, Youn-Jeng
dc.contributor.author Zhou, Qian
dc.contributor.author Pritchard, David E.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-13T13:40:08Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-13T13:40:08Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Chen, Z., Chudzicki, C., Palumbo, D., Alexandron, G., Choi, Y., Zhou, Q., Pritchard, D. (2016): Researching for Better Instructional Methods Using AB Experiments in MOOCs: Results and Challenges. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning. Volume 11. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/7952
dc.description.abstract We conducted two AB experiments (treatment vs. control) in a massive open online course. The first experiment evaluates deliberate practice activities (DPAs) for developing problem solving expertise as measured by traditional physics problems. We find that a more interactive drag-and-drop format of DPA generates quicker learning than a multiple choice format but DPAs do not improve performance on solving traditional physics problems more than normal homework practice. The second experiment shows that a different video shooting setting can improve the fluency of the instructor which in turn improves the engagement of the students although it has no significant impact on the learning outcomes. These two cases demonstrate the potential of MOOC AB experiments as an open-ended research tool but also reveal limitations. We discuss the three most important challenges: wide student distribution, “open-book” nature of assessments, and large quantity and variety of data. We suggest possible methods to cope with those. en_US
dc.description.uri https://doi.org/10.1186/s41039-016-0034-4
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject massive open online courses en_US
dc.subject AB experiments en_US
dc.subject Physics education en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.title Researching for Better Instructional Methods Using AB Experiments in MOOCs: Results and Challenges en_US
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