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Abstract Title: Visualizing Student Simulation Interactions: A Dashboard to Differentiate Between Instructional Approaches
Abstract: Students' interactions with simulations (sims) help them to learn conceptual knowledge and to develop scientific practices such as testing ideas, interpreting data, and more. But, how students interact with sims is affected by the instructional design. We use a dashboard prototype that visualizes students' interaction with sims to compare results from homework activities with two types of guidance. One type of guidance invites students to discover important variables via challenge-style questions. The second type asks students to make predictions and observations given specific actions in the sim. Two trials were run, using PhET's Energy Skate Park: Basics and Forces and Motion: Basics simulations. The teacher dashboard successfully captures differences between student interaction across these activities, with challenge-style questions increasing students' exploration of the sim elements and increasing students' interaction time. We reflect on the capabilities of the dashboard and its role in instructional design.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B54
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Diana Berenice López Tavares
Instituto Politécnico Nacional
Calzada Legaria 694
Mexico, 11500
and Co-Presenter(s)
Katherine Perkins, Michael Kauzmann
Department of Physics, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, 80309, USA

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