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In the following, various application examples for the use of variables are presented. Their implementation will be explained step by step and supplemented with useful information and hints.


Example "Digging a hole"

This sample task shows the use of variables to generate random values in a calculation interaction. The participant should calculate the answer depending on given values, which are redefined for each attempt.

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Example - Digging a hole

Example "Probability"

In the example, a typical task out of probability theory and statistics will be completed. It is to calculate the probability of certain colour combinations, when different coloured spheres are randomly drawn from an urn.

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Example - Probability

Example "Hypotenuse"

In the example, a simple geometric problem will be completed, i. e. the calculation of the hypotenuse: The solution is supposed to be derived from the knowledge that the hypotenuse is the longest side of a right triangle. To do this, the participant is given a variety of possible solutions, from which they need to choose the correct one.

The values of the catheti will be randomly chosen from a specified value range for each participant and each test attempt.

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Example - Hypotenuse

Example "Transport" – Use of random parameters

The example shows a typical application task: The goal is to calculate the distance travelled by a vehicle based on speed and time. The speed range is automatically selected depending on the vehicle type.

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Example - Transport - Use of random parameters

Example "Transport" – Adaptive task feedback

Adaptive feedback allows for individual feedback based on the learners' answers. The participant can, for example, be provided with concrete hints or error messages. Post-variables (post-processed variables) allow access to the learners' responses, e. g. to each gap. Attempts at solutions or even previous answers can also be included in the feedback.

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Example - Transport - Adaptive task feedback

Example "Transport" – Point deduction per attempt

If the participant has several attempts at a solution, individual and successive hints can be provided to help them answer the question. In such scenarios, it may be especially desirable to have points deducted from the participant's total score for each additional attempt. Participants solving the task on the first attempt will receive the full score. The more hints and attempts they need, the lower their score.

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Example - Transport - Point deduction per attempt

Example "Transport" – Assessment of the maximum score

If several attempts are possible per task, it might be the case that a participant will not score as many points in a follow-up attempt as were already scored before. If desired, the highest score achieved can be remembered and eventually used for the assessment. The participant should be informed accordingly through notes and shown the score of the current attempt, as well as the maximum score in all previous attempts.

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Example - Transport - Assessment of the maximum score

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