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1999-2000 PhysicsLAB Survey
Results

This year's survey questions were grouped into four categories:

PhysicsLAB content
Internet technology / ActiveClassroom
Group work / Classroom organization
Miscellaneous

This regrouping explains the apparent random "numbering" sequence.  Questions #1 - #61 represent questions carried forward from the first two years; while Questions #62 - #84 represent new questions instituted this year.  On any given graph, a maroon bar represents responses from Year 1 (1997-1998), a green bar represents responses from Year 2 (1998-1999), and this year's responses (1999-2000) are shown by a blue bar.  Under each graph, cumulative weighted averages have been provided. These averages are scaled between a value of 5 representing "strongly agree" through a value of 1 representing "strongly disagree".


It was instructional to study from the resource lessons.

Question 14

Averages

Year 3: 4.22

Years 1-3: 4.21

Years 1-2: 4.21


The interactive sections presented in many resource lessons of "View Correct Answers" helped me confirm my understanding of the lesson's information.

Question 15

Averages

Year 3: 4.55

Years 2-3: 4.63

Year 2: 4.69


It was instructional to use the physlet animations to learn about physics patterns (for example: interference, Doppler effect, converging and diverging lenses, color addition, magnetism, induction).

Question 16

Averages

Year 3: 4.37

Years 2-3: 4.44

Year 2: 4.51


It was instructional to use the film loops to learn about physics patterns (for example: Doppler effect, double slit interference, single slit diffraction)

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Averages

Year 3: 4.20


The IBID projection screen was a useful classroom resource and instructional tool.

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Averages

Year 3: 4.42


Viewing material on the IBID whiteboard through NetMeeting made taking classnotes easier.

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Averages

Year 3: 4.43


It was instructional to complete on-line worksheets on the PhysicsLAB site.

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Averages

Year 3: 4.37

Years 1-3: 4.24

Years 1-2: 4.17


The Conceptual Physics workbook pages and lab review pages using "View Correct Answers" were helpful in solidifying my understanding of material being taught in class.

Question 22

Averages

Year 3: 4.33

Years 2-3: 4.42

Year 2: 4.50


Whenever provided on PhysicsLAB, the detailed solutions to worksheet or textbook problems helped me to better understand the material.

Question 49

Averages

Year 3: 4.37

Years 1-3: 4.38

Years 1-2: 4.38


The PhysicsLAB site provided enough examples for me to get my homework questions answered.

Question 47

Averages

Year 3: 3.50

Years 1-3: 3.46

Years 1-2: 3.44


It was useful to have the PhysicsLAB site for reviewing for upcoming quizzes and tests.

Question 3

Averages

Year 3: 4.33

Years 1-3: 4.26

Years 1-2: 4.23


The PhysicsLAB site provided enough information for me to review adequately for tests and quizzes.

Question 48

Averages

Year 3: 3.87

Years 1-3: 3.86

Years 1-2: 3.86


It was motivational to take graded Intr@net quizzes on the PhysicsLAB site.

Question 7

Averages

Year 3: 4.19

Years 1-3: 4.36

Years 1-2: 4.43


Physics I: It was instructional to see the video segments on wave behaviors when learning ripple tank phenomena on the PhysicsLAB site.

Question 18

Averages

Year 3: 4.33

Years 1-3: 4.46

Years 1-2: 4.51


Physics I and II: It was instructional to complete on-line vocabulary worksheets on the PhysicsLAB site.

Question 10

Averages

Year 3: 4.18

Years 1-3: 4.06

Years 1-2: 4.01


Physics I: It was instructional to view the ray diagram animations when learning lens and mirrors on the PhysicsLAB site.

Question 17

Averages

Year 3: 4.47

Years 1-3: 4.56

Years 1-2: 4.59


In Physics I, approximately 3-4 labs were completed each 9-weeks.  This is a satisfactory balance to textbook instruction and web-based activities.

Question 64

Averages

Year 3: 4.26


Physics II:  The Internet resource-based unit, The Particle Adventure, on relativity and fundamental particles was interesting and worthwhile.

Question 65

Averages

Year 3: 4.06


Physics II: More open-ended projects, like the motor lab, should be included in the curriculum.

Question 66

Averages

Year 3: 4.13


Physics II: The CP workbook activities were good collateral material for learning the information covered in the textbook.

Question 67

Averages

Year 3: 4.06


Physics II: The relativity VHS tapes (Einstein's Universe, Big Bang, Space-Time and Einstein) were helpful.

Question 68

Averages

Year 3: 3.50


Physics II: The Mechanical Universe videodisks on gravitation/satellites and electricity/magnetism were helpful.

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Averages

Year 3: 3.53


In Physics II, approximately 3 labs were completed each 9-weeks.  This is a satisfactory balance to textbook instruction and web-based activities.

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Averages

Year 3: 3.56


Physics II: The class time spent on developing Physics Olympics projects was appropriate in length.

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Averages

Year 3: 4.19


AP students: It was instructional to see the video segments on SHM when learning the relationships between position, velocity and acceleration on the PhysicsLAB site.

Question 20

Averages

Year 3: 4.50

Years 1-3: 4.51

Years 1-2: 4.51


AP students: The drill pages and practice exams using "View Correct Answers" were useful in preparing for the AP Exam on the PhysicsLAB site.

Question 21

Averages

Year 3: 4.46

Years 1-3: 4.50

Years 1-2: 4.53


AP Physics: It was instructional to have the information for each AP Exam topic's after-school review session presented and organized on a web page for easy access.

Question 5

Averages

Year 3: 4.50

Years 2-3: 4.53

Year 2: 4.58


In AP Physics, approximately 6 labs were completed throughout the entire year.  This is a satisfactory balance to textbook instruction and web-based activities.

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Averages

Year 3: 4.05


AP Physics C:  Being permitted access from home to restricted materials through logon screens was beneficial.

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Averages

Year 3: 4.50

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Group work done on Intr@net quizzes on the PhysicsLAB site helped me to better understand the material.

Question 33

Averages

Year 3: 4.43

Years 1-3: 4.44

Years 1-2: 4.44


I would have preferred that a partner be randomly chosen for me when taking quizzes.

Question 34

Averages

Year 3: 2.20

Years 1-3: 2.18

Years 1-2: 2.18


I would have preferred working independently on quizzes.

Question 35

Averages

Year 3: 2.14

Years 1-3: 2.05

Years 1-2: 2.00


Doing labs in groups helped me to better understand the material.

Question 36

Averages

Year 3: 4.32

Years 1-3: 4.46

Years 1-2: 4.52


I would have preferred that a partner be randomly chosen for me when participating in labs.

Question 37

Averages

Year 3: 1.98

Years 1-3: 2.11

Years 1-2: 2.17


I would have preferred working independently on my own final lab report.

Question 38

Averages

Year 3: 2.05

Years 1-3: 2.00

Years 1-2: 1.97


Group work done on worksheets on the PhysicsLAB site helped me to better understand the material.

Question 39

Averages

Year 3: 4.21

Years 1-3: 4.21

Years 1-2: 4.21


I would have preferred that a partner be randomly chosen for me when completing worksheets.

Question 40

Averages

Year 3: 1.96

Years 1-3: 2.06

Years 1-2: 2.11


I would have preferred working independently on the worksheets.

Question 41

Averages

Year 3: 2.13

Years 1-3: 2.10

Years 1-2: 2.09


Overall, I prefer working independently.

Question 42

Averages

Year 3: 2.15

Years 1-3: 2.11

Years 1-2: 2.08


Overall, I prefer working in groups of two.

Question 43

Averages

Year 3: 3.86

Years 1-3: 3.83

Years 1-2: 3.82


Overall, I prefer working in groups of three.

Question 44

Averages

Year 3: 3.55

Years 1-3: 3.56

Years 1-2: 3.57


I feel like my grade in physics was improved because of the group work.

Question 50

Averages

Year 3: 3.98

Years 1-3: 4.02

Years 1-2: 4.05


I work better in groups because of the instructional classroom structure of PhysicsLAB.

Question 55

Averages

Year 3: 3.84

Years 1-3: 3.85

Years 1-2: 3.86

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It was useful to refer to ActiveClassroom's daily agenda pages to keep me informed of assignments in PhysicsLAB.

Question 1

Averages

Year 3: 4.58

Years 1-3: 4.68

Years 1-2: 4.72


It was useful to refer to the ActiveClassroom's calendar feature to keep me informed of assignments in PhysicsLAB.

Question 2

Averages

Year 3: 4.35

Years 1-3: 4.39

Years 1-2: 4.41


It was useful to refer to the ActiveClassroom's outline feature to keep me informed of assignments in PhysicsLAB.

Question 79

Averages

Year 3: 4.46


The ActiveClassroom interface was easy to navigate and find needed content linked from PhysicsLAB.

Question 26

Averages

Year 3: 4.45

Years 1-3: 4.57

Years 1-2: 4.62


It was useful to access the PhysicsLAB site from off-campus when reviewing for upcoming quizzes and tests.

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Averages

Year 3: 4.38

Years 2-3: 4.28

Year 2: 4.18


It was instructional to have Internet access to reference material on the PhysicsLAB site to complete homework assignments.

Question 8

Averages

Year 3: 4.33

Years 1-3: 4.27

Years 1-2: 4.24


Whenever I was absent accessing PhysicsLAB through ActiveClassroom from either off-campus or from in-class the next day helped me know what happened in class and prepared me for upcoming activities.

Question 29

Averages

Year 3: 4.36

Years 2-3: 4.28

Year 2: 4.22


An interactive area for students to collaborate on school related activities would have been helpful to me.

Question 59

Averages

Year 3: 3.93

Years 1-3: 3.79

Years 1-2: 3.73


When Mrs. Colwell had to be absent, the PhysicsLAB guided the class in moving forward through the material.

Question 28

Averages

Year 3: 4.04

Years 1-3: 3.94

Years 1-2: 3.89


The web-based content presented on the PhysicsLAB website could replace a teacher in the classroom.

Question 30

Averages

Year 3: 2.53

Years 1-3: 2.27

Years 1-2: 2.15


Having now participated in a course pivoted on a web-based delivery interface, I feel more prepared to handle future online courses.

Question 74

Averages

Year 3: 4.44


There was one person at your lab table that was the "computer operator" and they ran the computer most of the time.

Question 23

Averages

Year 3: 3.16

Years 1-3: 3.36

Years 1-2: 3.45


There were a sufficient number of computers for you to use in the classroom.

Question 24

Averages

Year 3: 4.35

Years 1-3: 4.42

Years 1-2: 4.45


I would recommend that someone take a physics course at Mainland solely based on the knowledge that they would gain on the use of computers.

Quesiton 60

Averages

Year 3: 3.67

Years 1-3: 3.33

Years 1-2: 3.18


The time available to use the PhysicsLAB during class time was sufficient.

Question 25

Averages

Year 3: 4.17

Years 1-3: 4.13

Years 1-2: 4.12


Students without a home computer can still successfully take this course.

Question 32

Averages

Year 3: 4.17

Years 1-3: 4.23

Years 1-2: 4.25

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Having the capability to reference a web-based copy of labs, worksheets, and review activities was usually all that I needed this year.

Question 11

Averages

Year 3: 3.75

Years 1-3: 3.37

Years 1-2: 3.19


I would have preferred the opportunity to have paper copy of all labs, worksheets, and review activities.

Question 12

Averages

Year 3: 3.34

Years 1-3: 3.17

Years 1-2: 3.09


I prefer a web-based format over that of paper.

Question 13

Averages

Year 3: 3.66

Years 1-3: 3.72

Years 1-2: 3.75


Maintaining a notebook kept me academically focused: organizing completed assignments, participating with classnotes during lectures and online activities.

Question 75

Averages

Year 3: 3.95


There was sufficient interaction with the teacher during class.

Question 27

Averages

Year 3: 4.32

Years 1-3: 4.35

Years 1-2: 4.37


I would have preferred completing all of the web-based activities on paper instead.

Question 46

Averages

Year 3: 2.09

Years 1-3: 2.05

Years 1-2: 2.03


The four in-class days spent practicing events (paper tower, soda straw strongarm, foil barge, egg drop/downhill coaster/coathook canon) for the Physics Olympics should continue to be included in the curriculum.

Question 76

Averages

Year 3: 4.53


Mainland should continue to participate in the Physics Olympics.

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Averages

Year 3: 4.73


I feel like my grade in physics was improved because of the large variety of graded activities that were made available through the PhysicsLAB site.

Question 51

Averages

Year 3: 3.85

Years 2-3: 3.98

Year 2: 4.09


I feel like my attendance improved because of the day-to-day activities on the PhysicsLAB site.

Quesiton 52

Averages

Year 3: 3.79

Years 1-3: 3.50

Years 1-2: 3.36


It bothered me that I was a part of the development of this web-based instructional/curriculum project.

Question 61

Averages

Year 3: 1.84

Years 1-3: 1.75

Years 1-2: 1.71


Other courses should use a web site such as PhysicsLAB.

Question 31

Averages

Year 3: 4.28

Years 1-3: 4.29

Years 1-2: 4.30

administered on 5/15-26/2000

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