About Step-wise Mode
Our Step-Wise Mode questions are designed to engage your students in a step-by-step problem-solving activity, proving them with feedback and coaching every step of the way. Using an artificial intelligence engine, we're able to give students feedback on ANY step they enter, and when they make a mistake, we tell them exactly what that mistake is so they can better understand and correct themselves.
Finding Step-Wise Questions
Navigate to the Aktiv login page and log in to your Account. Select 'Launch Web App' to open Aktiv Chemistry or Aktiv Mathematics.
Access the Question Bank
Click the Questions Tab in the top right corner to navigate to the question bank directly.
You can also navigate to the Question Bank when creating an assignment by selecting Add Problems or Add Problem Pool.
Step-Wise mode questions will have a symbol in red next to the question.
How Step-wise Questions Work
When assigned a Step-wise question, students use an on-screen palette with to enter each step in their problem-solving strategy. The palette will include all the numbers, symbols, and operators needed to solve the question, plus some they may not need. They can also use their computer keyboard if they are working on their assignment on a laptop or computer.
They will be asked a math question that involves multiple steps to get to the solution, and prompted to show their work by submitting each step. They will also be told the format to put their final answer in after they have worked through all of the steps.
With every step they enter, our artificial intelligence engine checks their work, and gives them feedback on whether their step is correct, or if it contains a mistake. If they did enter a correct step, they will get a motivating message pushing them to keep moving towards the final answer. Our system will also prompt them to show their work if they skip significant parts of the process to get to the solution.
Students can also scroll back through their submitted steps and even copy previous steps if they have to backtrack to an old submission to start again from there. For that function, they would use the copy icon on the line for that submission which will immediately populate it in the submission area.
We let the student's intuition guide them through solving the problem, as we haven't prescribed a recipe for which (or how many) steps the student should take as they solve each problem.
Step-Wise questions engage students to compose the math that represents each step of their work themselves (so they can do that on scratch paper, when working on a quiz or test) and coaches them on their problem-solving strategy without giving them a "recipe" for how they should approach a problem.
Congratulations! You now know what Step-wise mode is!
You're all set! As always, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.