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Project Overview:

This project compares students’ guided use of simulations with watching an expert led screencast for developing understanding of key chemistry concepts. In both cases, students work independently at home to complete an assignment.

  • Simulation treatment: students complete scaffolded assignment that guides them through interaction with the simulation
  • Screencast treatment: students complete the same assignment by first watching a parallel screencast then using the simulation

The figure below outlines our iterative research design process.

The Research Design


ChemSims is a research project supported by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers 1702592 and 1705365.