Study of the Effectiveness of a Web-based Interactive Homework
Foley, John T.
Atkinson, Robert K.
With increased use of the web in teaching there is growing interest in the effectiveness of web-based tools in facilitating student learning. I have conducted a case study on the effectiveness of web-based tutorial alternative. I designed a web-based homework tutorial about two-dimensional kinematics and conducted two experiments to evaluate its effectiveness. The evaluation focused on student?s performance and attitude. In Experiment 1, the experimental group and control group worked with the interactive web-based and regular homework respectively. Both groups worked at home. In Experiment 2, the experimental group worked with the interactive web-based homework used in Experiment 1 in a lab setting. The control group in Experiment 2 worked on the same homework problems as the control group of Experiment 1 but via computer in a lab. The evaluation indicated that the interactive web-based homework could be considered as an alternative to the general homework. Moreover it appeared to strengthen attitudes and encourage more students to complete the assignment.