Applying a Heuristic Approach to Developing a User Interface for College-Level Virtual Physics Labs
Roxann Humbert, Fairmont State University, United States ; Marjorie Darrah, West Virginia University, United States ; Jeanne Finstein, Polyhedron Learning Media, Inc., United States
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This paper describes the heuristic approach employed to design and evaluate software for conducting online physics labs. The purpose of the project described was to develop and evaluate a series of virtual physics labs for use in an introductory level college physics course. Virtual Physics Lab ™ is a yearlong set of online labs for introductory college physics, developed by Polyhedron Learning Media, Inc. (PLM), under an SBIR contract with the U.S. Department of Education. Each of the labs contains everything a student would need to conduct a physics laboratory experiment including: background theory, 3-D simulation, brief video, data collection tools, pre- and post-lab questions, and post-lab quiz. Each lab experiment is assignable and gradable electronically and integrates with web-based course-management systems.
Humbert, R., Darrah, M. & Finstein, J. (2010). Applying a Heuristic Approach to Developing a User Interface for College-Level Virtual Physics Labs. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 766-774). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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