Representational decisions when learning population dynamics with an instructional simulation

Van Labeke, Nicolas and Ainsworth, Shaaron (2002). Representational decisions when learning population dynamics with an instructional simulation. In: ITS'02 - 6th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, 02-07 Jun 2002, Biarritz, France, Springer-Verlag, pp. 831–840.




DEMIST is a multi-representational simulation environment that supports understanding of the representations and concepts of population dynamics. We report on a study with 18 subjects with little prior knowledge that explored if DEMIST could support their learning and asked what decisions learners would make about how to use the many representations that DEMIST provides. Analysis revealed that using DEMIST for one hour significantly improved learners' understanding of population dynamics though their knowledge of the relation between representations remained weak. It showed that learners used many of DEMIST's features. For example, they investigated the majority of the representational space, used dynalinking to explore the relation between representations and had preferences for representations with different computational properties. It also revealed that decisions made by designers impacted upon what is intended to be a free discovery environment.

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  • 0302-9743
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  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems
    6th International Conference, ITS 2002
    Biarritz, France and San Sebastian, Spain, June 2–7, 2002 Proceedings
    Editors:Stefano A. Cerri, Guy Gouardères, Fàbio Paraguaçu
    Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol.2363
    ISBN: 978-3-540-43750-5
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  • Nicolas Van Labeke