Session A8

8th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning

From Blind Spot to Spotlight: Enhancing Learners Comprehension of Complex Phenomena through Pedagogically Guided Interactive Simulations - An Evidence-based Perspective  

Melanie Will-Cole (CNM/MSE) 

Salon D, 10:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

For cognitively deep STEM courses which are riddled with complex physical phenomena it has been demonstrated that switching from a one-dimensional “Chalk-and-Talk” teaching style to one that is more learner-centric has benefited student understanding and promoted deep learning of complicated physical concepts. This session presents the results of evidence-based study, supported by CNM’s Adaptive Teaching Pilot Research Program, which developed/evaluated an adaptive learner-centric pedagogy utilizing physics-based interactive simulations to enable learners to garner a better understanding of complex physical science concepts. Although this pedagogical module is grounded in geoscience it is easily adaptable to other STEM disciplines. The Pedagogical Module is both agile and adaptive with respect to student learning variants, hence represents a paradigm shift from the traditional methods of teaching complex concepts in the physical sciences. Results of this study demonstrated that Incorporation of computer simulation-based interactive components into the STEM curriculum improved students’ academic achievement with respect to understanding of complex science phenomena. 

**Laptops are useful, although not required, for participants who wish to experiment with the models.

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