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Abstract Volume 13 Issue 4 (2008) pp 264-269

A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Web-based and Paper-based Homework for General Chemistry

Herb Fynewever

Department of Chemistry and The Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008,
Received October 9, 2006. Accepted June 1, 2008.

Published online: 21 July 2008

Abstract. An instructor compares typical use of paper-based homework and Web-based homework using two different sections of general chemistry. Analysis of student performance data suggests that Web-based homework is as effective as paper-based homework for student learning. Time spent grading, recording, and returning paper-based homework is greatly reduced with a Web-based system, although initial use of the Web-system requires some time for setup. The Small Group Instruction Diagnosis (SGID) technique [1, 2] is used for collection of student affective data. Students appreciate the usefulness of both paper-based and Web-based homework as a preparation for quizzes and examinations. Advantages unique to typical use of Web-based homework include instantaneous feedback and ability to resubmit assignments.

Key Words: Research in Teaching and Learning; general chemistry; computers

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Issue date: August 1, 2008

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