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PhD defense by Jochem Liem!

Jochem Liem successfully defended his PhD thesis called Supporting Conceptual Modelling of Dynamic Systems. The thesis describes research performed during the DynaLearn project, which enables learning by conceptual modelling from secondary education onwards. The thesis addresses the following topics: (1) the six Learning Spaces in the DynaLearn software, which simplify learning to model, (2) a method to improve and evaluate models of learners, and (3) an approach to make QR models reusable in the Web Ontology Language, which allows for interoperability between the components in the DynaLearn interactive learning environment.

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Uploaded: DynaLearn software version 1.0.5

Version 1.0.5 of the DynaLearn software has been released. For details see:

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Uploaded: DynaLearn software version 1.0.4

Version 1.0.4 of the DynaLearn software has been released. For details see:

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DynaLearn for teaching Qualitative Reasoning to future computer scientists

DynaLearn has been recently used at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in one of the AI-related subjects (Reasoning Models – “Modelos de Razonamiento”). In this subject, taught to last-year students on the degree of Computer Science, causal qualitative reasoning is explained as part of the course. As one of the activities, the students were asked to model the behaviour of a system of their choice, using DynaLearn as modelling tool. This year, the systems modelled by the students included a battle field, the management of a bar, the life cycle of a star, the trout population in a river, a steam powered propulsion plant, a snow canon of a ski resort, and even a guitar concert. Imagination has no limits for new generations!

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Uploaded: DynaLearn software version 1.0.2

Version 1.0.2 of the DynaLearn software has been released. For details see:

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Version 1.0.1 of the DynaLearn software has been released. For details see:

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D6.5 – DynaLearn curriculum for environmental science – Now available!

Abstract: This Deliverable presents DynaLearn curriculum for environmental science, based on the work developed in WP6 and on evaluation activities in WP7. Contents for the curriculum is provided by the work done in Tasks 6.1, 6.2 and 6.4 and includes 65 representative topics in seven main themes selected from the environmental science curricula of pre- college schools and undergraduate courses in the partners’ countries. These topics were explored by 210 models produced in the six DynaLearn Learning Spaces. One of the most important educational goals to be achieved is the development of learners’ systems thinking. Accordingly, means to represent causality in different Learning Spaces of DynaLearn are discussed, and the (mathematical) bases for a qualitative system dynamics were clearly defined. The pedagogical approach is learning by modelling, exploring a set of model patterns – generic and transferable pieces of model structures that frequently appear in environmental science models produced in Tasks 6.2 and 6.4 – to get a handle on how to represent domain knowledge. Based on cognitive, reasoning and systems thinking skills, key points for building qualitative system dynamics models and the possibility of combine model patterns, the basis for learning by modelling were settled. Good modelling practices suggest a framework for developing models so that semantic – based DynaLearn functionalities may facilitate learners’ development of self- directed and autonomous learning capabilities. This way, it is expected that DynaLearn curriculum will contribute for motivating learners to take science subjects and for improving science education.

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D7.4 – Final report on DynaLearn evaluation studies – Now available!

Abstract: This deliverable (D7.4) presents an integrative overview of the results of the evaluation activities conducted by WP7 partners in two rounds of evaluation of DynaLearn. It refers to 49 evaluation activities conducted with 736 participants. In the deliverable, the overall evaluation framework is presented, along with the questions addressed, the main insights gained and the main conclusions drawn. As well, a chapter on pedagogical issues deriving from the activities conducted is included.

Deliverable D.7.4 can be downloaded form the DynaLearn website (go to publications).

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Uploaded: DynaLearn software version 1.0.0

Version 1.0.0 of the DynaLearn software has been released. For details see:

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Version 0.9.11 of the DynaLearn software has been released. For details see:

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