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written by Noah S. Podolefsky, Wendy K. Adams, Kelly Lancaster, and Katherine K. Perkins
Interactive simulations can be engaging tools for student learning, allowing students to explore phenomena by asking questions and seeking answers through use of the sim. PhET simulations allow this process to happen dynamically so that students can continuously probe and explore the underlying science. For students to use simulations productively, understanding the science in the simulation must be challenging enough to maintain students' interest, but not so challenging that students are overwhelmed. A key aspect of achieving a good balance is the complexity of the simulation for students. We have formulated an initial model to quantify complexity based on the number, range, and effects of controls and representations within a simulation. We account for students' prior knowledge by adjusting the measured complexity depending on how students interpret the representations and conceptual connections within the simulation. Implications for simulation design and student engagement will be discussed in light of preliminary interview data.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 257-260
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
- Instructional Material Design
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General Physics
- Physics Education Research
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3515215
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0817582
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01.40.Fk
Keywords:
complexity, physics education research, PERC 2010, PhET, computer simulations
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N. Podolefsky, W. Adams, K. Lancaster, and K. Perkins, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10467&DocID=1927).
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N. Podolefsky, W. Adams, K. Lancaster, and K. Perkins, Characterizing Complexity of Computer Simulations and Implications for Student Learning, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10467&DocID=1927>.
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Podolefsky, N., Adams, W., Lancaster, K., & Perkins, K. (2010, July 21-22). Characterizing Complexity of Computer Simulations and Implications for Student Learning. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved October 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10467&DocID=1927
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Podolefsky, N, W. Adams, K. Lancaster, and K. Perkins. "Characterizing Complexity of Computer Simulations and Implications for Student Learning." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10467&DocID=1927 (accessed 22 October 2014).
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Podolefsky, Noah S., Wendy Adams, Kelly Lancaster, and Katherine Perkins. "Characterizing Complexity of Computer Simulations and Implications for Student Learning." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 257-260 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 22 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10467&DocID=1927>.
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