OWL: An Integrated Web-based Learning Environment
Beverly Woolf, Roberta Day, Beatrice Botch, William Vining, David Hart, University of Massachusetts, United States
International Conference on Mathematics / Science Education and Technology, ISBN 978-1-880094-34-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
OWL (Online Web-based Learning) is an electronic learning environment developed for General Chemistry and currently being adopted by other disciplines. Basic OWL provides a powerful, web-based electronic homework model used by thousands of students each semester. OWL's open architecture allows for extensions that expand its scope from the delivery of straightforward electronic quizzing to the offering of a richer interactive learning environment. Such extensions include guided discovery exercises and intelligent tutors, numerous examples of which are currently being created and tested in large enrollment General Chemistry courses. In this paper we describe OWL and its use on campus. We also report on a number of OWL evaluation studies underway, including some preliminary findings from formative evaluations of OWL's use in classes and of some of Owl's extensions, and the first large-scale evaluation of a Stoichiometry Tutor that is integrated into OWL and that shows significant increases in student performance.
Woolf, B., Day, R., Botch, B., Vining, W. & Hart, D. (1999). OWL: An Integrated Web-based Learning Environment. In Proceedings of International Conference on Mathematics / Science Education and Technology 1999 (pp. 106-112). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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