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Measuring the effectiveness of online problem-solving tutorials by multi-level knowledge transfer
written by Zhongzhou Chen, Kyle M. Whitcomb, and Chandralekha Singh
This study presents a new method for assessing the effectiveness of instructional resources using online learning technology that provides much richer information than a traditional summative assessment. By requiring students to complete a sequence of problem solving and learning activities in a given order, this new method not only measures students' ability to directly transfer learning to a new problem, but also their ability to learn from additional resources, or the "preparation for future learning" effect. We used this method to evaluate the quality of two problem solving tutorials, and found that both tutorials significantly benefit transfer to nearly identical problems, but only one facilitates transfer to a further distance. Moreover, we found evidence suggesting that one tutorial prepared students with lower prior knowledge to learn as effectively from a following worked example as students with higher prior knowledge.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
= Tutorial
- Technology
= Computers
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Methods
- Learning Theory
= Transfer
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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Z. Chen, K. Whitcomb, and C. Singh, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14768&DocID=4915).
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Z. Chen, K. Whitcomb, and C. Singh, Measuring the effectiveness of online problem-solving tutorials by multi-level knowledge transfer, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14768&DocID=4915>.
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Chen, Z., Whitcomb, K., & Singh, C. (2018, August 1-2). Measuring the effectiveness of online problem-solving tutorials by multi-level knowledge transfer. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14768&DocID=4915
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Chen, Z, K. Whitcomb, and C. Singh. "Measuring the effectiveness of online problem-solving tutorials by multi-level knowledge transfer." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14768&DocID=4915 (accessed 3 March 2021).
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Chen, Zhongzhou, Kyle M. Whitcomb, and Chandralekha Singh. "Measuring the effectiveness of online problem-solving tutorials by multi-level knowledge transfer." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 3 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14768&DocID=4915>.
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