Virtual Interactive Laboratories and e-Learning
Gerald Meisner, Harol Hoffman, LAAPlatform Group / UNCGreensboro, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-57-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
If online learning is to seriously compete in the educational marketplace, the challenge of offering robust and highly interactive, asynchronous laboratory courses which include student decision-making, selection of equipment and instrumentation, data collection and analysis and the capability to make mistakes must be met. The LAAPlatform Group at UNCGreensboro has produced modular and extensible architecture which answers these challenges. Central to the laboratory environment is the dialog between user and virtual tutor; branching based on student answers permit nearly one-to-one tutoring and hence solves a second intractable problem: cost barriers which have prevented the economic attractiveness of e-learning from being reached. HCI decisions are based on interactions among specialists in content, educational research, media specialists and student feedback. A back end database permits extensive research on cognitive learning. Developmental strategies and status for LAAPhysics, an algebraic college level course in mechanics based on the LAAPlatform is described.
Meisner, G. & Hoffman, H. (2005). Virtual Interactive Laboratories and e-Learning. In G. Richards (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2005--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 120-127). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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