Procedural and conceptual confusion in a discovery-based digital learning environment

Paula G. De Barba, Gregor Kennedy, Kelly Trezise

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Abstract

Confusion has been found beneficial to learning in specific conditions. However, the roles of procedural and conceptual confusion in such conditions are still unknown. This paper presents a preliminary study investigating the relationship between procedural and conceptual confusion and their impact on learning processes and outcomes in a non-challenging online task. Participants completed an online predict-observe-explain task on star lifecycles, which included a star simulation. One group watched a video tutorial on how to use the simulation prior to the task (n=22), while the control group did not (n=22). The tutorial group reported higher confidence and lower challenge in using the simulation compared to the control group. The tutorial group also reported higher confidence towards the concept being learnt than the control group, although no differences were found on concept challenge. However, these differences on conceptual and procedural confidence and challenge did not impact time spent on the simulation, use of self-regulatory skills or learning outcomes. Implications for future studies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference 2018
EditorsMalcolm Campbell, Julie Willems, Chie Adachi, Damian Blake, Iain Doherty, Siva Krishnan, Susie Macfarlane, Leanne Ngo, Marcus O’Donnell, Stuart Palmer, Lynn Riddell, Ian Story, Harsh Suri, Joanna Tai
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Pages340-345
Number of pages6
Edition1st
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2018 - Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201828 Nov 2018
Conference number: 35th
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Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2018
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2018
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityGeelong
Period25/11/1828/11/18
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Keywords

  • Challenge
  • Confidence
  • Confusion
  • Online learning
  • Self-regulated learning

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