For years the Minds On Physics Internet Modules has included a built-in help function. When a student is working on a question within a sublevel and clicks on the textbook icon (the Help button), a separate window opens. The window contained a series of links by which a student could ultimately navigate to relevant help pages pertaining to the question. Student feedback regarding the Help function revealed that it was cumbersome and often not so helpful.
During the 2006-2007 school year, the Minds On Physics Internet Modules was upgraded to include a revised help system. This upgrade involved an improvement in the help functions of the Minds On Physics program. When a student is working on a question within a sublevel and clicks on the textbook icon (the Help button), a separate window opens with question-specific help. The help will include definitions, formulas, short descriptions of the relevant physics principle, short paragraphs discussing common mistakes and misconceptions, and audio help. When used (that means clicked on and read), a student will receive a significant quantity of help to nearly insure success on the question.
As always, the goal of the Minds On Physics program is to identify student misconceptions and to provide opportunities for correction. The new revised help is one more step toward that end.
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