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Abstract Title: Interactive Problem Solving Tutorials through Visual Programming
Abstract: We have used LabVIEW visual programming to build an interactive tutorial to promote conceptual understanding in physics problem solving. This programming environment is able to offer a web-accessible problem solving experience that enables students to work at their own pace and receive feedback. Intuitive graphical symbols, modular structures and the ability to create templates are just a few of the advantages this software has to offer. The architecture of an application can be designed in a way that allows instructors with little knowledge of LabVIEW to easily personalize it. Both the physics solution and the interactive pedagogy can be visually programmed in LabVIEW. Our physics pedagogy approach is that of cognitive apprenticeship, in that the tutorial guides students to develop conceptual understanding and physical insight into phenomena, rather than purely formula-based solutions.  We demonstrate how this model is reflected in the design and programming of the interactive tutorials.
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Primary Contact: Lucian Undreiu
UVA Wise
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and Co-Presenter(s)
David Schuster, Western Michigan University
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david.schuster -at- wmich.edu

Adriana Undreiu, Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue,
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5252
Phone: 269 387-5844
adriana.undreiu -at- wmich.edu