Fostering deep understanding in geography by inducing and managing confusion: an online learning approach

Amaël Arguel, Rod Lane

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    Abstract

    Confusion is an emotion that is likely to occur when learning complex concepts. While this emotion is often seen as undesirable because of its potential to induce frustration and boredom, recent research has highlighted the vital role confusion can play in student learning. The learning of topics in geography such as tropical cyclone causes and processes can be particularly difficult because it requires the reconstruction of intuitive mental models that are often robust and resistant to change. This paper presents the design framework for an online module designed to enhance university students’ depth of knowledge of tropical cyclones. In particular, the intervention aims manage the level of confusion during learning. We hypothesise that in this way learners can engage with the cognitively demanding ideas in this topic and they are less likely to experience emotions such as frustration and boredom, which would be detrimental to the development of deep understanding.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGlobally connected, digitally enabled
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings ascilite 2015
    EditorsT. Reiners, B. R. von Konsky, D. Gibson, V. Chang, L. Irving, K. Clarke
    Place of PublicationPerth
    PublisherASCILITE
    Pages374-378
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (32nd : 2015) - Perth
    Duration: 29 Nov 20152 Dec 2015

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (32nd : 2015)
    CityPerth
    Period29/11/152/12/15

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    Keywords

    • online module
    • geography
    • confusion
    • conceptual change
    • academic emotions

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