Choosing effective multimedia simulations for chemistry learning: What Molecules & Minds research shows

Presented by Steven D. Yavner

Molecules & Minds is in its 8th year researching how to improve the effectiveness of simulations based on kinetic molecular theory. Our immediate goal is to help learners explore and understand observable, symbolic, and explanatory levels of representation through interactive multimedia resources that allow learners to control variables and pacing. Our key findings: big ideas need a simple design; icons work better than symbols; freedom to explore supports learning and engagement; problematizing narratives that bring science from the classroom into the everyday world lead to better learning outcomes; and that topic order may be important for learning, are presented.

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