Posts Tagged Evaluation

TAU presents at EARLI conference

The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) held its biennial conference at Exeter, UK.
The EARLI conference is perhaps the most important educational research conference outside of the USA. The theme of the conference was, Education for a Global Networked Society. Prof. David Mioduser presented DynaLearn and the research done by TAU team. His lecture “Learning about ecological systems by constructing qualitative models with DynaLearn” focused on the contribution of Qualitative Modeling (QM) with “DynaLearn” modeling environment, to students’ system thinking and understanding of ecological systems. More specifically, on students’ ability to: (a) understand and represent complex ecological systems; (b) construct qualitative models of systems; and (c) apply the systemic perspective in different ecological contexts and phenomena. The participants who attended the session were very interested in DynaLearn and the results presented.

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Paper published on Pair Modeling with DynaLearn

In this study we employed Pair Modeling, which is an adaptation of the pair programming technique that is used for enhancing collaborative programming both in the industry and in academia. In this paper we present encouraging results for the use of this collaboration technique based on assignments’ scores, observations, and a questionnaire.

Publication details: Or-Bach, R. & Bredeweg, B. (2011). Pair Modeling with DynaLearn – Students’ Attitudes and Actual Effects. Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, 6, pp. 119-135.

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Marine Ecology Young Scientists’ Course

“Models in Marine Ecology” Young Scientists’ Course will begin on the 25th of July at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and will last for full 6 days. The course is designed for 9-11 grade students (high school). A group of 12 students will be attending the course using DynaLearn environment with the purpose of constructing Marine ecology models. The students will have a one day field trip to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and use “wet” labs during the course. The students will focus on defining factors or variables, their values sets, interrelationships and their character population dynamics in Marine ecosystems, and address processes, conditions, consequences in dynamic systems (processes such as predation and competition and external agents such as over-fishing) using DynaLearn. Each meeting will be accompanied by a pre and post evaluation task.

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Second evaluation case study run at BOKU

A second evaluation case study at BOKU was run at 19.05.2010. During an afternoon session 27 students explored the physical and biological effects of river channelization and restoration with different use levels of DynaLearn. Evaluations included video taping, a pre- and post test as well as a motivation questionnaire. We want to thank all students who participated in this lecture for their kind collaboration.

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First evaluation case study of DynaLearn in Austria

BOKU conducted a first evaluation of Dynalearn between 19.04.-22.04.2010 at the IHTL Bad Radkersburg. Two students, Sophie Fastian and Oliver Kindler, were working for three days with use levels 1,2 and 4 of DynaLearn, followed by an official presentation of their work at day 4. Evaluations included video taping, a pre- and post test as well as a motivation questionnaire. The evaluation results provide an important first feedback on usability and problems learners encounter with the software. We want to thank the IHTL and both students for their kind cooperation!

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Evaluation Case Study Starts in Hull

A small group of students have started a case study aimed to evaluate the prototype DynaLearn software and aspects of learning with components of the conceptual modelling approach. Over the next few weeks the students will explore concepts in global climate change. Following their first session of working with concept maps they will develop and refine their knowledge using the dynamic tools available in the new software.

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First evaluations of different use level functionalities of DynaLearn at BOKU

At BOKU Annemarie Jung and Maria Zacharias have started their master theses on developing models on climate change effects on river catchments and the river continuum concept using the first Beta version of the DynaLearn workbench. The detailed documentation of their first model building activities with DynaLearn will provide important feedback for the software development. Welcome to the DynaLearn team!

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Two New DynaLearn members in Brasilia

Gustavo Figueiredo is a biologist with experience on fish ecology who became interested in qualitative modeling after attending a course on ecological modeling, and is now working on model development and evaluation.

Luiz Henrique Wilhems is a secondary school teacher (Biology) and started is MSc course on Science Education about DynaLearn. He already started working on FUB’s case study for the evaluation of DynaLearn in the school he teaches.

Welcome on board!

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IHTL enters DynaLearn as Evaluation Partner

The IHTL Bad Radkersburg (Styria, Austria) aims to provide young people from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia with a common training to become engineers. As a result of this the graduates should be able to establish and develop a cross-border market and help to promote the economy and culture of the Adria-Alpe-Pannonia Region. DynaLearn software will be introduced by BOKU to train students in a better understanding of local and global environmental issues, especially related to sustainable energy supply within European electricity networks (SmartGrids). The effects of the DynaLearn approach on learning and understanding important related scientific concepts will be evaluated in dfferent classroom settings. Welcome to the Dynalearn project!

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The first evaluation and data collection cycle in DynaLearn

The first evaluation and data collection cycle has started with the participation of 5 project partners (Bulgaria, Brazil, UK, Austria and Israel), and will be implemented within the current academic year (2009/2010).
The first partner to start the evaluation process is Tel Aviv University which will conduct the research in the current academic semester (2009/2010 A), as part of the Marine Biology course at the Faculty of Life Sciences. The course is designed mainly for third year undergraduate students. A group of 10 students (out of 50) will be attending a 7 weeks seminar using DynaLearn environment with the purpose of constructing a model related to the course syllabus. The students will attend 5 meetings in which they will: (1) understand and use the qualitative modeling language and terminology in its particular instantiation in Dynalearn; (2) focus on the building of a concept map representing entities and types of relationships in a given system; (3) define factors or variables, their values sets, interrelationships and their character population dynamics; (4) address processes, conditions, consequences in dynamic systems (processes such as predation and competition and external agents such as over-fishing and pollution); (5) develop complex models/tailor together existing model fragments into more complex scenarios in the marine environment.
Each meeting will be accompanied by an evaluation task, observational notes, unstructured open-ended interviews, participants’ journal and thinking-aloud process. These will be conducted in order to follow and analyze the students’ active construction of their models, their ability to interpret given states of a model, their abilities to adapt a model to given data and scenarios or assessing their ability to tailor a model from already existing fragments in accordance with a given environmental phenomena or text. The students will also fill a usability questionnaire and content questionnaire at the end of the seminar.

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