Coming This Fall - Minds On Physics Internet Modules

We like making stuff at The Physics Classroom. We particularly like making tools that facilitate substantial learning and great lesson-planning. And sometimes we have to re-make stuff because the devices used to view our stuff - phones, tablets, and computers - are constantly undergoing change. And when we come across a good idea, the re-making of the stuff is worth the time and effort to do it. And that is why we are busy re-making the Minds On Physics Internet Modules (affectionately known as MOPs). Born in 1999 as a Shockwave-based program, MOPs has spent the last 6 years as a stand-alone app. And now we have plans to bring it back into the browser as an HTML5 tool.

Minds On Physics is a collection of interactive questioning modules designed to promote conceptual understanding of basic physics concepts. MOPs is composed of 151 sense-making activities (known as missions) that target discrete concepts. An intelligent-question delivery system delivers questions in a random order and re-presents similar questions to a learner when difficulties are detected. Answers are evaluated in a secure manner and immediate feedback is provided. Student progress is displayed on-screen in the form of a Progress Bar and a Health Bar. Each question is accompanied by a Help page that provides question-specific information in an understandable manner.


 

The FREE Version of MOPs

Beginning this Fall - hopefully as early as August 1 - the Minds On Physics Internet Modules will be available for use at The Physics Classroom. We are offering both a free and a paid option for use of our Minds On Physics program. Users of the FREE option will be able to use Minds On Physics as a learning tool in the traditional manner that it has been used in the past. Both the For Credit and For Practice usage modes will be accessible. Student progress will be displayed on-screen, answers will be evaluated and feedback given, and a trophy will be awarded and displayed upon completion of a mission. The FREE version is perfect for classroom use and individual student practice. But the FREE version does not save student progress on a mission or save completion records when students finish a mission. The FREE version works without teacher and student accounts.

 

The PAID Version of MOPs

The PAID version of the program requires that a teacher purchase an annual subscription to Minds On Physics. The PAID version offers the following premium features:
  • Seamless integration of Minds On Physics with our Task Tracker system.
  • The ability to create classes in Task Tracker and add students to the classes.
  • The ability to turn MOP missions into assigned tasks with due dates, and point values, and partial credit rules; and to have such assignments display on students' assigned Tasks page. 
  • Teachers with paid accounts can preview all the questions within a MOP mission and view the organization of those questions into Question Groups.
  • Teachers can identify Question Groups which they don't wish to be presented to students and eliminate those question groups from their students' experience.
  • Teachers can set the "miss penalty" for an assigned MOP mission. (When students miss a question, their Health Bar decreases by a certain percentage - known as the miss penalty. When the Health Bar decreases from 100% down to 0% due to repeated misses, the student must start over. The miss penalty isl a teacher setting for teachers with Task Tracker accounts.)
  • Student progress on a mission is saved after each answered question. If students quit the mission, they can return and begin where they left off.
  • Task Tracker will track student progress and teachers can view the progress and scores of students on a scoring page.


 

Availability and Pricing

As of this writing - early May, 2021 - we have begun the re-make of the Minds On Physics Internet Modules. You can snoop around a bit if you like and become familiar with the topics and objectives and view the Help pages that we have made available. This is our #1 project between now and August. Interactive missions should begin showing up sometime in June. And by mid-July, you should see a substantial amount of content. Content will be published as it is produced; we will report our progress on the Minds On Physics home page.

We will publish our pricing information for the PAID version sometime during the summer. Pricing will be similar to the pricing of Task Tracker for Concept Builders. We may even be able to offer a discount to teachers who purchase both Concept Builders and Minds On Physics accounts. Our Pricing for Schools page will have the most updated information about the Pricing Plans for Minds On Physics.



 

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