To develop an interactive engagement technique for enhancing the teaching and learning of first year practical physics using a classroom response system, interactive whiteboards and multimedia

Regina Kelly

Limerick Institute of Technology 

 The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of technologies including classroom response systems, interactive whiteboards and multimedia presentations to enhance teaching and learning in first year physics.Hennessy et al claim that the Interactive whiteboard, by providing dynamic, manipulable objects of joint reference, can be used to focus thinking on key scientific concepts and processes and help learners to unpack and explain them and to achieve new shared understanding.    A related aim is to systematically integrate the contrasting delivery modes of lectures, tutorials and laboratory practical for physics in order to develop students’ conceptual understanding of physics in relation to physics laboratory experiments.To do this, a range of learning objects and instructional aides will be developed to help students to explore physics concepts and to develop their understanding of these concepts. 
A mixed methods design format will be used for this research project. A combination of qualitative and quantitative analyses will be carried out using the following testing instruments: surveys, questionnaires and pre- and post-testing.   This approach requires that the qualitative and quantitative data gathering will take place over the same testing time.
The results should indicate if using technologies will enhance teaching and learning in first year physics and whether the contrasting delivery modes of lectures, tutorials and laboratory practical for physics can be better integrated in order to develop students’ conceptual understanding of physics.   Preliminary survey data was collected during a piloted use of response pads systems in two first year physics lectures.   

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