Confidence drives exploration strategies in interactive simulations

Amaël Arguel, Jason M. Lodge, Mariya Pachman, Paula G. De Barba

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Abstract

Maximising the benefits of digital learning environments requires understanding how students process what they are exposed to in these environments. Besides approaches based on examining information processing within the cognitive domain, the importance of including emotions has been recently addressed. This study aimed to explore emotional dynamics during discovery learning in an interactive simulation, with continuous measures of self-reported confidence and challenge. Interactions from participants were recorded and two groups were created according to the exploration strategy used: systematic or non-systematic. Visual exploration was also measured by eye tracking as well as knowledge at pre- and post-test. Results suggest that learners using a systematic exploration strategy ran significantly more simulation cycles than non-systematic learners. Moreover, the latter group reported to be significantly less challenged and more confident about understanding the material. These results emphasise the importance of student perceptions of their capabilities when learning in flexible, less structured digital environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
EditorsShane Dawson, Abelardo Pardo, Cassandra Colvin
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Pages33-42
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2016 - University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 27 Nov 201630 Nov 2016
Conference number: 33rd
http://2016conference.ascilite.org/ (Conference website)
http://2016conference.ascilite.org/wp-content/uploads/ASCILITE-2016-full-proceedings-Updated-1512.pdf (Conference Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2016
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2016
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period27/11/1630/11/16
Other33rd International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
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Keywords

  • Confidence
  • Digital learning environments
  • Discovery learning
  • Interactive interface

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