Developing a model of students' navigations in computer modules for introductory thermodynamics

Roman Taraban, Edward E. Anderson, M. P. Sharma, Arne Weigold

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Active learning techniques were incorporated into modules on a CD-ROM and were provided to students in introductory thermodynamics at Texas Tech University and the University of Wyoming during two semesters. The active learning techniques included interactive exercises, graphical modeling, physical world simulations, and exploration. We were interested in how students used these materials, and how we might improve them. In two case studies, students' interactions with the CD were automatically recorded to a computer file and provided detailed logs of students' page navigations and their behaviors and performance with interactive elements. From these logs, we described their behaviors and inferred their reading and metacognitive goals and strategies. The analyses were used to propose changes to the implementation and delivery of the materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11428-11444
Number of pages17
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Staying in Tune with Engineering Education - Nashville, TN, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2003Jun 25 2003


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