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Abstract Title: Student Choices when Learning with Computer Simulations
Abstract: We examine student choices while using PhET computer simulations (sims) to learn physics content. In interviews, students were given questions from the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) and were allowed to choose from 12 computer simulations in order to answer these questions. We investigate students' choices when answering FCI questions with sims. We find that while students' initially choose sims that match problem situations at a surface level, deeper connections may be noticed by students later on. These results inform us on how people may choose education resources when learning on their own.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Noah Podolefsky
University of Colorado at Boulder
Department of Physics
390 UCB, University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0390
Phone: 303-641-8217
and Co-Presenter(s)
Wendy K. Adams
Carl E. Wieman