Educational Computer Simulations Goals, didactical functions, technology, implementation and new trends Piet van Schaick Z...
Components <ul><li>Information about: </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant activities of my organization </li></ul><ul><li>Concepts ...
<ul><li>1 Organisation </li></ul>
My home base… <ul><li>Van Hall Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Business Center </li></ul><ul><li>Dept. of Simulations </li></u...
Van Hall Institute <ul><li>Part of Wageningen University and Research Centre </li></ul><ul><li>1900 students </li></ul><ul...
Business Center <ul><li>40 staff members </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor made training-courses </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Research...
Dept. of Simulations <ul><li>(educational) software </li></ul><ul><li>Design, Development, Implementation Support, </li></...
<ul><li>2 Concepts </li></ul>
Concepts <ul><li>System </li></ul><ul><li>Model </li></ul><ul><li>(Computer) Simulation </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling environ...
Concept: “System” A system is a limited part of reality. A system is isolated in order to study its behavior
Concept: “Model” Image or description of a system
Types of Models   <ul><li>dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Space oriented , 3d (not supported by us) </li></ul><ul><li>real-time ...
Concept: (Computer) Simulation Imitation of  the behavior of a system by a model descriptions: <ul><li>The state of the sy...
Concept: Modeling The development, testing and refinement of a simulation model (including system analysis) (we do not dev...
<ul><li>3 Educational Relevance </li></ul>
Goals and Educational Relevance <ul><li>A student  may use a simulation  in order to: </li></ul><ul><li>gain concrete expe...
Simulation type 1  Flow end analysis assignment hypothesis planning report evaluation start
Simulation example
Procedures <ul><li>The student needs to know: </li></ul><ul><li>The steps of a procedure </li></ul><ul><li>The contents of...
<ul><li>4  Didactical Functions </li></ul>
Simulation: Didactic functions <ul><li>Visualisation </li></ul><ul><li>Activation </li></ul><ul><li>Experimentation </li><...
Simulation: added Advise and Instruction <ul><li>Triggered messages </li></ul><ul><li>Step plan </li></ul><ul><li>Cases </...
Simulation Demonstration <ul><li>Remote (installed locally) </li></ul>
Training System Improvement <ul><li>What do I really want? </li></ul><ul><li>What does my present system look like? </li><...
Step plan Tool
Procedure Demonstration <ul><li>Dairy Farm (off line) </li></ul>
<ul><li>5 Technology </li></ul>
The tecnological structure Domains of knowledge <ul><li>Modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Interface...
The process of development <ul><li>Preparation (good idea + money = good start) </li></ul><ul><li>Start (development team ...
<ul><li>6  Use in Education </li></ul>
Implementation Decisions are made about: <ul><li>Learning method </li></ul><ul><li>Educational setting </li></ul><ul><li>E...
Learning Method <ul><li>Discovery learning </li></ul><ul><li>Exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Learning with parallel instructio...
Educational Settings <ul><li>Preparation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>individual </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>group </...
<ul><li>7 New Trends </li></ul>
Trends <ul><li>Web Based Simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with other Software Used in Education </li></ul>
Why web-based? <ul><li>Worldwide availability: anytime anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>integratie with other on-line materials ...
Structure of the Internet
Some techniques <ul><li>html  </li></ul><ul><li>javascript  </li></ul><ul><li>java  </li></ul><ul><li>dhtml  </li></ul><ul...
Flow  Modelleren
Java examples <ul><li>Application within a html page: </li></ul><ul><li>teaching  Statistics   to   Medicals </li></ul><ul...
Integration of Software in Education <ul><li>Integrate with Electronic Learning Environments like blackboard, electronic t...
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  1. 1. Educational Computer Simulations Goals, didactical functions, technology, implementation and new trends Piet van Schaick Zillesen Senior Consultant Educational Computer Simulations
  2. 2. Components <ul><li>Information about: </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant activities of my organization </li></ul><ul><li>Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Educational relevance of computer simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Didactical functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Technology and Development </li></ul><ul><li>How to use simulations in education </li></ul><ul><li>New trends </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>1 Organisation </li></ul>
  4. 4. My home base… <ul><li>Van Hall Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Business Center </li></ul><ul><li>Dept. of Simulations </li></ul>Van Hall Institute BUSINESS CENTER Dept. Of Simulations Tailor made Courses Environment+other green activities Food & Business
  5. 5. Van Hall Institute <ul><li>Part of Wageningen University and Research Centre </li></ul><ul><li>1900 students </li></ul><ul><li>300 staff members </li></ul><ul><li>7 BSc courses </li></ul><ul><li>Business Center </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.vhall.nl </li></ul>University of Professional Education in Agriculture, Food Technology, Environmental and Animal Sciences
  6. 6. Business Center <ul><li>40 staff members </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor made training-courses </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Research </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Software (Dept. of Simulations) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.vhibc.nl/ (Dutch) </li></ul>Independent Foundation for Commercial Activities
  7. 7. Dept. of Simulations <ul><li>(educational) software </li></ul><ul><li>Design, Development, Implementation Support, </li></ul><ul><li>Consultancy </li></ul><ul><li>10 staff members </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Simulations </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning </li></ul><ul><li>Decision Support Software </li></ul><ul><li>Special Products </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.pgsim.nl </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>2 Concepts </li></ul>
  9. 9. Concepts <ul><li>System </li></ul><ul><li>Model </li></ul><ul><li>(Computer) Simulation </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling environments </li></ul>
  10. 10. Concept: “System” A system is a limited part of reality. A system is isolated in order to study its behavior
  11. 11. Concept: “Model” Image or description of a system
  12. 12. Types of Models <ul><li>dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Space oriented , 3d (not supported by us) </li></ul><ul><li>real-time </li></ul><ul><li>stochastic </li></ul><ul><li>Object oriented </li></ul><ul><li>textual </li></ul>
  13. 13. Concept: (Computer) Simulation Imitation of the behavior of a system by a model descriptions: <ul><li>The state of the system </li></ul><ul><li>Transitions depending on interventions </li></ul>goals: <ul><li>communication </li></ul><ul><li>predicition </li></ul>
  14. 14. Concept: Modeling The development, testing and refinement of a simulation model (including system analysis) (we do not develop modeling systems but we advise lecturers implementing these systems and develop prototype learning materials)
  15. 15. <ul><li>3 Educational Relevance </li></ul>
  16. 16. Goals and Educational Relevance <ul><li>A student may use a simulation in order to: </li></ul><ul><li>gain concrete experience by the planning, execution and evaluation of experiments with a simulated system </li></ul><ul><li>train procedures with simulated cases </li></ul>
  17. 17. Simulation type 1 Flow end analysis assignment hypothesis planning report evaluation start
  18. 18. Simulation example
  19. 19. Procedures <ul><li>The student needs to know: </li></ul><ul><li>The steps of a procedure </li></ul><ul><li>The contents of the steps </li></ul><ul><li>How to apply these steps </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>4 Didactical Functions </li></ul>
  21. 21. Simulation: Didactic functions <ul><li>Visualisation </li></ul><ul><li>Activation </li></ul><ul><li>Experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul>
  22. 22. Simulation: added Advise and Instruction <ul><li>Triggered messages </li></ul><ul><li>Step plan </li></ul><ul><li>Cases </li></ul><ul><li>Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive user interfaces </li></ul><ul><li>Context sensitive Help information </li></ul><ul><li>Links to contents information </li></ul>Instruction components added to simulations in order to make the educational use more efficient
  23. 23. Simulation Demonstration <ul><li>Remote (installed locally) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Training System Improvement <ul><li>What do I really want? </li></ul><ul><li>What does my present system look like? </li></ul><ul><li>What are my priorities and operational targets? </li></ul><ul><li>How does reality compare to my goals? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the major bottlenecks? </li></ul><ul><li>What will be my plan of attack? </li></ul><ul><li>ATTACK </li></ul><ul><li>How does my system look now? </li></ul><ul><li>How does this reflect to my original aims? </li></ul>
  25. 25. Step plan Tool
  26. 26. Procedure Demonstration <ul><li>Dairy Farm (off line) </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>5 Technology </li></ul>
  28. 28. The tecnological structure Domains of knowledge <ul><li>Modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Interface design </li></ul><ul><li>Contents matter </li></ul><ul><li>Didactics </li></ul><ul><li>Project management </li></ul>
  29. 29. The process of development <ul><li>Preparation (good idea + money = good start) </li></ul><ul><li>Start (development team + board of experts) </li></ul><ul><li>Design phase </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Didactical design (goals, context, functionality) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model design (system boundary , structure) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interface design (visualization, control, feedback) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical design (software structure) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>First prototype </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation (expert evaluation) </li></ul><ul><li>Second prototype </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation with students </li></ul><ul><li>Internal check (4 eyes principle) </li></ul><ul><li>End product </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Project evaluation </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>6 Use in Education </li></ul>
  31. 31. Implementation Decisions are made about: <ul><li>Learning method </li></ul><ul><li>Educational setting </li></ul><ul><li>Exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Type of advise and instruction </li></ul>(depending from target group, pre-knowledge, didactical goals and other conditions)
  32. 32. Learning Method <ul><li>Discovery learning </li></ul><ul><li>Exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Learning with parallel instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Problem oriented learning </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific experimentation </li></ul>
  33. 33. Educational Settings <ul><li>Preparation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>individual </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Simulation session </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In front of a group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>couples </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group discussion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reports </li></ul></ul></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>7 New Trends </li></ul>
  35. 35. Trends <ul><li>Web Based Simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with other Software Used in Education </li></ul>
  36. 36. Why web-based? <ul><li>Worldwide availability: anytime anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>integratie with other on-line materials into complete on-line courses </li></ul><ul><li>Simple maintenance and upgrading, because of being present at just one place </li></ul><ul><li>World wide use of multiplayer simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Control the use (POWER!) </li></ul>
  37. 37. Structure of the Internet
  38. 38. Some techniques <ul><li>html </li></ul><ul><li>javascript </li></ul><ul><li>java </li></ul><ul><li>dhtml </li></ul><ul><li>Xhtml </li></ul><ul><li>asp </li></ul><ul><li>Perl </li></ul><ul><li>php </li></ul><ul><li>css </li></ul><ul><li>cgi </li></ul><ul><li>activeX </li></ul><ul><li>Flash </li></ul><ul><li>Selection depending on: </li></ul><ul><li>Respons time </li></ul><ul><li>Database couplings </li></ul><ul><li>Platform dependence </li></ul>
  39. 39. Flow Modelleren
  40. 40. Java examples <ul><li>Application within a html page: </li></ul><ul><li>teaching Statistics to Medicals </li></ul><ul><li>Several elements within a html page </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrient Cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Separate form: </li></ul><ul><li>Course Population Dynamics </li></ul>
  41. 41. Integration of Software in Education <ul><li>Integrate with Electronic Learning Environments like blackboard, electronic testing, school administration, electronic classrooms, electronic portfolio’s etc. Example : HAO blackboard site </li></ul>
  42. 42. Questions?
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