What if we could actively engage today’s students in a relevant way?
Darrell Butler, a cognitive scientist and professor of psychology, used his department’s psych lab to study Vizi compared to traditional texts. Butler and his team tested more than 450 students in a laboratory environment. The students were divided into two groups, each of which was given 45 minutes to study either a multimodal or traditional text. All texts contained the same information; the traditional text was extracted from major educational textbooks in the field. Students then took identical examinations. In all cases, students who used Vizi’s multimodal texts outperformed those who used the traditional texts — in most cases by significant margins (as much as two full grades). The lessons studied were in biology, psychology, and math.
The prior charts show the results of laboratory research. In addition to that work, sections of Math in the Liberal Arts utilizing a Vizi were compared to those not using a Vizi. For the same content and using the same selected questions, the results confirmed that students using Vizi outperformed students without it. This time, by nearly 20 percentage points, raising the grade average from a D to a B.
Learning outcomes matter, and whether in a lab or in the classroom, Vizi works!
Student Reaction. Lisa Huffman, of Ball State University’s Teachers College, surveyed student reactions to Vizi as a study and course resource. The students reported that Vizi was simple to use and improved their sense of learning and appreciation of the class. Importantly, they also agreed that use of Vizi facilitated better engagement in the classroom.