Edgar de Guzman Corpuz

Edgar de Guzman Corpuz


The University of Texas-Pan American

Department of Physics & Geology

Thursday, November 18, 2010

4:00 p.m.

Cardwell 102

Enhancing the Interactivity of Lectures Using a Web-Based Classroom Interaction System*


A web-based classroom interaction system using personal digital assistants (PDAs) as classroom interaction devices is being implemented in introductory physics and physical science classes to enhance the interactivity of lectures. In this talk, I will describe our implementation and discuss the perceptions and attitudes of students regarding the use of this web-based system using PDAs as interaction tools.  I will likewise present data on the effect of this interactive teaching approach on students’ learning as evidenced by standardized examination like the Force Concept Inventory1, and students’ motivation to learn as measured by the Science Motivation Questionnaire 2.


*This work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under grant DUE-0737375

1 Hestenes, D, M.Wells, and G.Swackhamer, Force Concept Inventory, The Physics Teacher, Vol. 30, March 1992, 141-158.

2  Glynn, Shawn. M. and Koballa, Thomas. R., Jr. (2006). Motivation to learn college science.  In Joel J. Mintzes and William H. Leonard (Eds.) Handbook of College Science Teaching (pp.25-32).  Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association Press.