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Abstract Title: Pilot Testing of the Pathway Active Learning Environment
Abstract: We present an initial analysis of data taken to test the functionality and student usability of an interactive synthetic tutoring system administered online. The system allows students to ask questions and receive pre-recorded video responses from knowledgeable tutors in real-time.  It logs student interactions with a timestamp and username to generate a time-resolved picture of students' use of the system.  The tutoring interaction is structured by lessons covering Newton's laws.  Time on-task estimates indicate that students spent about 2.5 hours working through our materials, about as much as intended.  Data also show students' reluctance to query the tutor, or that their focus is on other aspects of the system.  This suggests modifications to the system to encourage students to take advantage of its interactive capabilities.  This system provides social and multimedia elements that may, when used as a supplement to classroom instruction, help students better learn physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Christopher M. Nakamura
Kansas State University Physics Department
116 Cardwell Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-2601
Phone: 785 532-7167
Fax: 785 532-6806
and Co-Presenter(s)
Sytil K. Murphy
Kansas State University Physics Department
Dean A. Zollman
Kansas State University Physics Department
Michael Christel
Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center
Scott Stevens
Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center