AudioExplorer: Multiple Linked Representations for Convergence
The problem of convergence is an important one for designing collaborative-learning environments. Ideally, learning environments can allow novices to work together to achieve convergence of correct understanding, without constant support from experts. Thus, these learning environments would enable active learning by inquiry without much teacher involvement. In this paper, I describe AudioExplorer, a learning environment where students, working in pairs, explore the physics of music. AudioExplorer is remarkable in its use of large number of multiple linked representations. I show how students worked together across the representations to achieve convergent understanding.