Ames, Iowa (PRWEB) March 31, 2013
Learning begins when teaching ends. In math, science, and engineering, learning is a process driven by students’ own effort to acquire problem solving abilities. This is the most difficult and at the same time the most rewarding stage in education. In this stage, a student simultaneously obtains a deeper understanding of the fundamental concepts and connects this understanding to master the algorithmic aspect of problem solving. Failure, frustrating trial and error method to achieve the goal, or excessive amount of time spent on homework turn students away from pursuing science and engineering. Furthermore, individual help from teachers or at home is not available to all students. Actus Potentia’s videos provide this help.
The steps in multistep problem solving are as follows: (i) identify the starting point or step-1, (ii) attempt step-1 (iii) seek help when attempt fails, (iv) identify step-2, (v) repeat. Actus Potentia’s software and videos guide students through this process. At each stage, the video asks a focused and pertinent question to identify the following step, asks students to do the computations for the step, checks students answer, gives correct/incorrect feedback to student, provides help to fix the mistake, asks the next question to identify the next step. This process is shown in a diagram.
The videos can be used as a personal tutor by students at home. The videos can also be used by teachers in a classroom to guide a large group of students. In this arrangement, the teacher will not have to run from desk to desk to assist a large number of students.
Actus Potentia’s videos are not lectures, do not show a teacher solving a few example problems on the screen, and do not tell the shortcuts and memorization techniques to get good grades. Actus Potentia’s videos are a conversation with the students, show them the strategy from start to finish, and provide feedback and help at each intermediate step.