Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Laboratory activities that collect and present data graphically in real time, allowing students to get a direct intuitive sense of fundamental physics concepts that cannot be observed directly.  When coupled with research-based curricula (see Similar Methods), MBL tools can lead to improved student learning.

Type of Method Instructional strategy
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Algebra-basedReferences coming soon, High School
Setting Designed for: LabReferences coming soon, StudioReferences coming soon, Lecture - Large (30+ students)
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students), Recitation/Discussion Session
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Computers for student use in class, Lab equipment for student use - professional
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple waysReferences coming soon, Laboratory skills
Can be adapted for: Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Think like a scientist, Enjoyment of physics, Designing experiments
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual testsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon, research conducted by someone other than developersReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, Workshop Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, Modeling, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, ISLE, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, CAE TPS, CPU, SCL, TEFA, EiP, Tools for Scientific Thinking, M&I, Tutorials, Clickers, Responsive Teaching
Similar Methods ILDs, RealTime Physics, Workshop Physics, ABP Tutorials, EiP, Tools for Scientific Thinking
Website http://physicsed.buffalostate.edu/danowner/whyMBL.html