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Gathering student perception about online/distance practical science at level 1

Project leader(s): 
Victoria Nicholas, David Robinson and Steve Swithenby
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Archived

This eSTEeM project has investigated student perception about online practical science for two modules at level 1. Students were interviewed and completed online questionnaires before and after studying these modules. The interviews confirmed the anecdotal evidence that students felt more positive about studying practical science online after they had studied the modules and 71.2% of students were pleased that they participated in the module. 

High percentages of students agreed that they were able to carry out practical science when it suited them and that they were able to design experiments and draw conclusions from experiments with other distance learners. There was an increase in students agreeing that they were able to learn well by reading text on screen. Only a low percentage of students agreed that their group found it easy to make group decisions together, this aspect of collaborative group work forms the basis of another ongoing eSTEeM project.

Related resources

Nicholas, V. (2016) Gathering student perception about online/distance practical science at level 1. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Nicholas, V. (2015). Mobile Learning for Online Practical Science Modules in Higher Education. In: Crompton, Helen and Traxler, John eds. Mobile Learning and STEM: Case Studies in Practice. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 234–243.

HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 30 April – 1 May 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey. Oral presentation “Student perceptions of online practical science”. (PowerPoint)

Nicholas poster (PDF)

Scholarship Shorts - video highlighting the activities, findings and impact of Vic's eSTEeM project.

Video length: 4 mins 41 secs

Transcript

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