Can an adaptive lesson really make fundamental chemistry interactive and flexible?

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First year undergraduate allied health students commence physiology with an extremely variable understanding of fundamental chemistry principles. Chemistry is also often perceived as difficult, dull and unrelated to daily life, when, in reality nothing is further from the truth. Adaptive learning has been shown to be an effective tool for chemistry homework, but we wanted to assess its value in teaching fundamental chemistry concepts to undergraduate allied health students. An adaptive online chemistry lesson was developed in the Smart Sparrow platform. The lesson was piloted and evaluated using a survey and access to Smart Sparrow learning analytics (n=33). Students reported that the lesson met their needs for flexibility (4.9/6), and that the lesson enhanced motivation to learn chemistry (4.9/6).Importantly all students that completed the survey indicated that they had a better understanding of chemistry after they completed the lesson (4.7 ±2.3 vs 7.63 ± 1.54, p<0.00001). Findings from this pilot study indicate that online adaptive learning resources are an effective, flexible and fun tool for teaching fundamental chemistry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASCILITE 2018
Subtitle of host publicationConference proceedings of the 35th International conference of innovation, practice and research in the use of educational technologies in tertiary education, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
EditorsMalcolm Campbell, Julie Willems, Chie Adachi, Damian Blake, Iain Doherty, Siva Krishnan, Susie Macfarlane, Leanne Ngo, Marcus O'Donnell, Stuart Palmer, Lynn Riddell, Ian Story, Harsh Suri, Joanna Tai
PublisherDeakin University
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2018
EventAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) 2018 - Deakin Univeristy, Geelong, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201828 Nov 2018 (program)


ConferenceAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) 2018
Abbreviated titleOpen oceans: learning without borders
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