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Abstract Title: Dashboard to Evaluate Student Engagement with PhET Simulations
Abstract: Student engagement with interactive simulations is affected by the prompts and activities teachers choose to couple with such simulations. In this work, we introduce a prototype dashboard to visualize and evaluate student engagement generated by activities used with a PhET simulation. Engagement in this study is gauged by factors such as the time spent in the activity, the rate and pattern of clicks, and the controls used in the simulation. The dashboard employs several approaches to visualize the students' mouse activity data, showing individual student interaction, aggregated information of an entire group, and the option to compare information of multiple groups simultaneously. To test the dashboard usability, we evaluate student engagement resulting from prompts about factors that affect stored energy in a capacitor using an adaption of the PhET simulation "Capacitor Lab: Basics". The results show the dashboard's potential to aid in improving activity design.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B84
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Diana Berenice López Tavares
CICATA, Polytechnic National Institute
Calzada Legaria 694
Mexico City, Non U.S. 11500
and Co-Presenter(s)
Sam Reid, Katherine Perkins and Michael Kauzmann
University of Colorado

Carlos Aguirre Velez
CICATA, Polytechnic National Institute

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