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Abstract Title: Interactive Computer Simulations: Do they impact the learning process?
Abstract: Physics relies on students' spatial abilities due to the abstract nature of the subject matter.  In some cases the increase in cognitive load, due to mental manipulation of abstract ideas like electric and/or magnetic fields, can inhibit the learning process.  There is evidence that suggest the use of simulations can increase the learning process by reducing the cognitive load imposed by mental manipulation of spatial topics.  This work will focus on examining the relationship between using interactive simulations with the learning process, in conjunction with the tutorials at the University of Washington.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Targeted Session: Influences of Spatial/Visual Abilities on the Learning Process

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