Cynthia Powell, a Mobile-Learning Fellow at ACU, conducted a controlled study investigating the impact of modifying the primary mode of instruction in a laboratory course.
"A very important movement in science education is the inclusion of inquiry-based experiments," says Cynthia Powell, instructor of chemistry and biochemistry. "Inquiry-based experiments require students to plan and execute their own experiments. And a lot of research has shown that this type of experiment helps students understand and learn material a lot more effectively.
"We feel like this is critical," Powell says. "As scientists, our students need to be learning how to collect and gather data on their own, and this is an important way that we can help our students on this path toward independence."
Using iPhones In The General Chemistry Laboratory / Cynthia B. Powell, Diana Mason