The physical world: multimedia physics at a distance

Rosewell, Jonathan; Thomson, Fiona and Blake, Canan (2001). The physical world: multimedia physics at a distance. In: Computers and Learning 2001: Learning across the ages - looking back and looking forwards, 2-4 Apr 2001, University of Warwick.



S207 The Physical World is a new introductory Physics course produced by an Open University course team and studied at a distance by over 500 students each year. It covers a broad syllabus and acts as a foundation to honours level courses. The course as a whole is a mixed media course including books, video, and software. About 20 of 450 study hours are delivered as multimedia CD-ROMs.

We review the range of multimedia packages produced for the course, and focus on the use of audio supported tutorials. We present some evaluation of students’ use of the material. Evaluation methods included developmental testing with observation and interviews, questionnaires during course delivery, and an end-of-course survey.

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