June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Computers in Education
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The Use of Interactive and Goal-Oriented Simulations to Improve Student Motivation and Confidence in MathWith a Hewlett Packard grant awarded to our institution, we are working on developing bestpractices for creating and sustaining a virtual learning and teaching community through a cloudcomputing service and enhancing student motivation and confidence in learning Math throughinteractive, goal-oriented simulation programs. We have developed a series of simulations tohelp students better conceptualize abstract Math concepts. These simulation programs providestudents with a learning environment that increases the degree of fidelity and active learnerparticipation. This fall semester, about 120 engineering students enrolled in a Multivariable &Vector Calculus class are using the simulations collaboratively through the cloud computingserver. To evaluate the effectiveness of the simulation programs on student motivation andlearning, we are conducting a study with the following evaluation questions:1. How do students perceive the use of interactive, goal-oriented simulations in their Math class?2. What aspects of the simulation programs should be improved?3. How do students’ motivational characteristics (e.g., intrinsic and extrinsic goal orientations and confidence levels in studying science, math and engineering) relate to their perceptions in using simulations during the Math class?We are conducting a series of formative evaluations in the classroom via an audience responsesystem (aka, a clickers system) throughout the semester. The purpose of the formativeevaluations is to measure how students are using the simulations, if they have any difficultyaccessing the simulations through the cloud server, and if there is anything to be changed toimprove students’ learning experience. We are also interviewing a group of students to solicitmore in-depth information about their experience in using the simulations through the cloudserver. At the end of the course, we will administer a survey to measure students’ motivationalcharacteristics (such as intrinsic and extrinsic goal orientations and confidence levels in studyingScience, Engineering, and Math) and their overall experiences in using simulations, and analyzethe survey results to see if there is any strong correlation among the factors.This paper will provide detailed information about the design of the simulation programs, theimplementation of the simulation programs on the cloud server, and the study results includingour lessons-learned.
Chyung, S. Y., & Guarino, J., & Scheepers, M., & DeLeon, R., & Adams, C., & Williams, P. (2011, June), The Value of Interactive Simulations Used in an Undergraduate Math Class Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18414
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