Dynamic Interactive Visualizations in Economics (DIVE)

Graphical visualizations are of central importance when it comes to learning new content. Visualizations enable a connection of verbal information with visual representations and thus facilitate information processing. In addition, visualizations can foster learners’ interest in the content or make learning processes more interesting. At the same time, the activation of several channels (e.g. auditory and visual) can lead to a higher retention rate. However, when it comes to the visualization of dynamic processes, conventional (i.e. static) forms of visualization often reach their limits. Here, dynamic visualizations represent a promising means of visualization. As empirical findings show, the use of dynamic representations leads to learning success especially when the learners are able to control the presentation themselves (interactivity).

The project aims to design a learning environment for economic education in which students acquire basic knowledge of economics (supply, demand, pricing, government intervention, etc.) using interactive, dynamic visualizations. We analyze (1) whether interactive, dynamic visualizations lead to higher learning effects (expertise, understanding of interrelationships, etc.) than static visualizations. Hereby, we control for the influence of non-cognitive facets (motivation, joy of learning, etc.) as well as the perceived cognitive load (cognitive load on working memory). Furthermore, (2) we examine how learning processes with interactive, dynamic graphics are carried out.

Duration:         January, 1 2020 – December, 31 2022

Funding:          Committee on Research (University of Konstanz)

Cooperation:   Dr. Josef Guggemos, Universität St. Gallen