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Abstract Title: Over 110 Million Simulations Delivered: A Case Study of the PhET Interactive Simulations
Abstract: The PhET interactive simulations are well-known resources that originated in physics and are now used in many science disciplines. This is the first of several planned case studies of widely-used educational innovations to characterize the strategies used by PIs to popularize their innovation. We collected multiple sources of data, including interviews with the original developers, relevant publications, and documents released by the PhET team over the years. We analyzed the interview data and documents using a predetermined lens and constructed a narrative of key events and strategies. We found the PhET team had clear goals from a very early point in the development stage. The product was refined and solidified after a period of pilot testing, and additional funding prompted each new phase of propagation. The results of this work may help future PIs design a propagation plan for their innovation.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Raina Khatri
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
and Co-Presenter(s)
Charles Henderson, Renee Cole, Jeffrey Froyd, Courtney Stanford

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