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Prior knowledge, confidence and understanding in interactive tutorials and simulations

J LODGE, G Kennedy

ASCILITE 2015: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education, Conference Proceedings | ascilite | Published : 2015

Abstract

The balance between confidence and understanding can be difficult for students to manage, particularly in digital learning environments where they start with different levels of prior knowledge. The level of prior knowledge and perception of how well understood this prior knowledge is will drive the level of engagement and integration of new knowledge as students are exposed to it. Exploring the relationship between these factors is therefore important for the design of digital learning environments. In this paper we describe two studies examining the levels of confidence and understanding reported by students completing interactive and non-interactive exercises in a digital learning environ..

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