DynaLearn – An Intelligent Learning Environment for Learning Conceptual Knowledge

  • Bert Bredeweg University of Amsterdam
  • Jochem Liem University of Amsterdam
  • Wouter Beek University of Amsterdam
  • Floris Linnebank University of Amsterdam
  • Jorge Gracia Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Esther Lozano Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Michael Wißner University of Augsburg
  • René Bühling University of Augsburg
  • Paulo Salles University of Brasília
  • Richard Noble University of Hull
  • Andreas Zitek University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences
  • Petya Borisova Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
  • David Mioduser Tel Aviv University

Abstract

Articulating thought in computer-based media is a powerful means for humans to develop their understanding of phenomena. We have created DynaLearn, an Intelligent Learning Environment that allows learners to acquire conceptual knowledge by constructing and simulating qualitative models of how systems behave. DynaLearn uses diagrammatic representations for learners to express their ideas. The environment is equipped with semantic technology components capable of generating knowledge-based feedback, and virtual characters enhancing the interaction with learners. Teachers have created course material, and successful evaluation studies have been performed. This article presents an overview of the DynaLearn system.
Published
2013-06-27
Section
Articles