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.
|Title of host publication||Globally connected, digitally enabled|
|Subtitle of host publication||proceedings ascilite 2015|
|Editors||T. Reiners, B. R. von Konsky, D. Gibson, V. Chang, L. Irving, K. Clarke|
|Place of Publication||Perth|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (32nd : 2015) - Perth|
Duration: 29 Nov 2015 → 2 Dec 2015
|Conference||Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (32nd : 2015)|
|Period||29/11/15 → 2/12/15|
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- online module
- conceptual change
- academic emotions