Interactive Physics Tools to Prevent Cheating, Improve Student Understanding

Your physics students will go on to create the connected world around you – from space flight and commercial planes to artificial joints and machine tools. Many students approach physics with distorted ideas and poor math skills, which can lead to a lack in foundational understanding or worse, academic dishonesty.
Cengage continues to invest with WebAssign in physics tools that allow students to connect with the world and engage in it. Learn more about how Interactive Video Vignettes or Optimized Problem Sets could support your physics students.
Interactive Video Vignettes (IVV)
IVVs are interactive tutorials and online video analysis that aim to clarify misconceptions and provide a context for physics students. Students interact with the IVVs and then answer a series questions about the concept.
Interactive Video Vignettes encourage students to:
You can address their alternative ideas outside of the classroom.
Connect to concepts through the perspective of everyday living.
Preparation for an interactive lecture, rather than a textbook.
You must establish the context and mindset necessary to absorb your lecture. This will help you to understand future concepts.
How should I use IVVs in my course?
In many classroom settings, you can assign IVVs in a variety of ways. These include active, autonomous or online learning environments. The IVV’s primary purpose is to help students understand interactive physics concepts through familiar everyday examples.
How can I assign IVVs?
You can find IVVs in your question browser at the chapter level for Serway/Vuille and College Physics, Serway/Jewett and Physics for Scientists and Engineers and Katz. They also appear in Physics for Scientists and Engineers Foundations and Connections. They can be used in conjunction with any type of question or as a separate focused assignment.
Optimized Problems (OPs).
OPs provide detailed written solutions to problems with random parameters. These answers are not easily found online. They also provide targeted feedback for students who have wrongly answered the problem.
Students are encouraged to solve optimized problems.
Learn problem-solving skills.
Instead of searching for the solution online, solve the problem.
After submitting the correct answer, review it and get targeted feedback to help you understand the part of the problem that was not solved.
You can view the video solutions to many of your problems.
How should I use Ops in my Course?
Optimized Problems can be used to reduce cheating and provide students with a context independent learning experience to learn from their mistakes and improve their problem-solving skills. Optimized Problems won’t be found in printed textbooks to reduce the likelihood of finding solutions online. They are also updated regularly in WebAssign, with updates to the targeted feedback.

How can I assign OPs?
OPs can be integrated into any type of assignment or used as a focused assignment. You can add them to your course by going to your question browser and looking for questions marked with a ‘.OP question tag. These questions can be found at the chapter-level for Serway/Vuille and College Physics & Serway/Jewett.

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