Learning in virtual physics laboratories assisted by a pedagogical agent

  • We present the concrete realization of a virtual laboratory equipped with a pedagogical agent. Its functionality and media didactics takes into account the results of an usability test on a prototype system, and the students' demand on such an automated assistance as obtained from a preliminary survey. The pedagogical agent mediates between the content and the learner by activating him or her. To provide information about the learner's skills, we propose a pragmatic and simplified competence model that is based on fundamental representations in physics (experiment, figure, text and equation). Moreover, an automated feedback relates the student's self-assessment with the submitted answer to the correctness of the respective task. In consequence, the pedagogical agent enables mental reflection for a crucial review of the own learning process. Interestingly, learning pathways can be envisioned, thus, giving valuable insight into individual strengths and weaknesses.

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Author:Tobias Roth, Julia Appel, Alexander Schwingel, Martin Rumpler
Parent Title (English):Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Publisher:IOP Publishing
Document Type:Article (specialist journals)
Date of OPUS upload:2023/03/15
Year of first Publication:2019
Publishing University:Hochschule Trier
Release Date:2023/03/15
blended learning; educational software; multimedia learning; pedagogical agent; physics; virtual physics lab
GND Keyword:Physik; Physikunterricht; Integriertes Lernen; E-Learning; Lernsoftware; Virtuelles Laboratorium
Article Number:012001
Page Number:9
First Page:1
Last Page:8
Departments:FB Umweltplanung/-technik (UCB)
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 37 Bildung und Erziehung
5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 53 Physik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International