Gary Gladding presenting at a 2014 conference for physics teachers

PER group

Our group includes members from both the Physics Department and the School of Education.

Papers and Talks

Comparing the efficacy of multimedia modules with traditional textbooks for the learning of introductory physics content

6/2/2008

T. Stelzer, G. Gladding, J. Mestre and D. Brookes. "Comparing the efficacy of multimedia modules with traditional textbooks for the learning of introductory physics content," American Journal of Physics 77 184 (2009)


A clinical study was performed comparing the efficacy of multimedia learning modules with traditional textbooks for the first few topics of a calculus based introductory electricity and magnetism course. Students were randomly assigned to three different groups experiencing different presentations of the material; one group received the multimedia learning module presentations and the other two received the presentations via written text. All students were then tested on their learning immediately following the presentations as well as two weeks later. The students receiving the multimedia learning modules performed significantly better than the students experiencing the text-based presentations on both tests.

http://arxiv.org/abs/0806.0405