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Using Problem-Solving Computer Coaches to Explore Student Decision-Making Difficulties
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 2:20 PM -2:30 PM
  Author: Qing Xu, University of Minnesota-Twin cities
6126259323, qxu@physics.umn.edu
  Co-Author(s): Ken Heller , Leon Hsu , Andrew Mason
  Abstract: The Physics Education Group at the University of Minnesota has been developing Internet physics coaches to help students improve their problem-solving skills in introductory physics. In this talk, we analyze keystroke data collected from students' usage of the computer programs, including the identity and timing information for all students' keystrokes and mouse clicks while using the programs, as well as derived information such as the average time spent on each module. We use the data to try to determine how students use the computer programs, where they might have the most difficulty, and details of their decision-making behavior during the problem-solving process. Other data sources such as students' written solutions will be used as a consistency check.
  Footnotes: None
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