This question engages the student in ‘thinking about thinking’ by asking her to compare different formats of a problem in terms of which format makes a concept or problem easier to understand or solve. The question can compare entirely different formats, such as a visualization simulator to a word problem, or it can compare similar formats, such as two different visualizations. The question asks the student to answer explicitly how the second format given makes the learning easier or harder than the first.
The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
This feature is helpful for providing feedback for teachers and designers as to which formats students find most helpful in their learning and problem solving. In addition, the feature seamlessly engages students in meta-thinking, helping them to identify which formats work best for them. For some students, a word format may be more effective; for others, a visualization simulator may be more effective. The key is to give students a growing sense of self-knowledge about their own learning styles, while approaching the teaching of physics from different ‘angles’.
Context of Use:
This feature is part of a TELS project: Hanging with Friends Velocity Style (#18343)
Evidence about how this feature was accepted in class runs – need to be added.