Pseudents (the p is not silent), short for pseudo-students, are pretend students who go through a course with the regular students. They have many uses, such as:
- Modeling how good students should act.
- Showing how to do tasks.
- Showing common errors that students make.
- Showing how to recover from mistakes.
- Helping students not be afraid of emotional reactions to content.
An example of the last one was given on the page about metacognition:
These pseudents are dogs, but you can use people. The pseudent Renata is feeling overwhelmed. CC, another pseudent, is feeling the same. Kieran is a pinstructor. He acknowledges the feelings, and gives a solution to the issue causing the feelings.
Pseudents are good for doing demos. They can struggle and make mistakes, just as real students do.