ERIC Number: EJ1105487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Got Game? A Choice-Based Learning Assessment of Data Literacy and Visualization Skills
Chin, Doris B.; Blair, Kristen P.; Schwartz, Daniel L.
Technology, Knowledge and Learning, v21 n2 p195-210 Jul 2016
In partnership with both formal and informal learning institutions, researchers have been building a suite of online games, called choicelets, to serve as interactive assessments of learning skills, e.g. critical thinking or seeking feedback. Unlike more traditional assessments, which take a retrospective, knowledge-based view of learning, choicelets take a prospective, process-based view and focus on students' choices as they attempt to solve a challenge. The multi-level challenges are designed to allow for players' "free choice" as they explore and learn how to solve the challenge. The system provides them with various learning resources, and tracks whether, what, how, and when they choose to learn. This paper briefly describes a partner's curriculum focused on data literacy and visualization, the design of a choice-based assessment for their program, and reports on an initial study of the curriculum and game with 10th grade biology students. Results are presented in the context of the design research questions: "Do student choices in the game predict their learning from the game?" "Does the curriculum teach the students to choose more effectively with respect to data visualization?" Future work for choice-based assessments is also discussed.
Descriptors: Educational Games, Computer Games, Selection, Problem Solving, Biology, Grade 10, High School Students, Learning, Educational Assessment, Visualization, Data
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Education Level: Grade 10; Secondary Education; High Schools
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