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Component Integration: More GUI Icons

Bone and Bulb Icon, representing Diagnosis and Quiz

UvA and UAU are currently working on a set of additional icons for the DynaLearn graphical interface which integrate the different components developed by the partners seamlessly.

The new icons provide a faster and easier access to underlying functionality. Per click on a graphical symbol the user can start for example Basic Help tasks or the Quiz presented by Augsburg’s Virtual Characters as well as Semantic Technology tasks developed in Madrid.

Binding the software modules together via the graphical interface is another important step towards a complete software solution that appears as a consistent and easy to use package.

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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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DynaLearn @ JTEL 2010

From 7th till 11th of June, DynaLearn had a presence at the Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning (JTEL2010). On the 9th of June Wouter Beek gave a lecture on Acquiring Conceptual Knowledge on how Systems behave using Qualitative Reasoning Technology.

The presentation introduced the three pillars that constitute the DynaLearn Interactive Learning Environment. First, there is the conceptual modeling environment for making knowledge of dynamic systems explicit. Then, there is the semantic technology component that is used to aggregate the endeavors of all DynaLearn users, resulting in automated feedback, evaluation, and recommendation of qualitative models. Lastly, there are the virtual characters that provide an engaging and motivating learning experience.

The JTEL2010 summer school was held in a beautiful hotel in the picturesque city of Ohrid, Macedonia. Discussing Technology Enhanced Learning amidst the mountains has the advantage that one can occasionally sneak out of the fervent discussions and find spiritual enlightenment in hiking.

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DynaLearn presented @ ITS 2010

From 14th till 18th June DynaLearn was presented at the Tenth International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS2010). The event was held on the Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh. We had a demo session there on the 15th of June and a poster presentation on the 16th of June. In addition to that, we showed our software to many of our colleagues in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning, providing us with helpful feedback.

There were a lot of interesting talks at ITS2010, important topics that were addressed included scaffolding in education, social recommendations for learners, the use of virtual pedagogical agents and providing automated tutelage in ill-defined domains.

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A Roadmap for Educational Technology (GROE)

This report describes the initial findings of several workshops convened in 2009 to consider the future of education and in particular the role of technology and computer science in education. Through a series of facilitated collaborative workshops, leaders in several disciplines engaged in conversations that cast computers in the role of facilitating education in the future and recommended a research agenda for federal funding [more...]

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OSR workshop at Ecsite Conference

During the OSR workshop at the Ecsite Conference, DynaLearn was presented as an alternative kind of repository. The possible relationships with OSR were discussed. The workshop was given on June 2nd, 201o in Dortmund, Germany.
Open Science Resources (OSR) is a collaborative project co-funded by the European Commission under the eContentplus programme. The aim of the OSR project is to create a shared repository of scientific digital objects (mainly focussing on science museums and science centres).

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DynaLearn presented to Beta Partners

Beta partners refers to a set of high schools in the Amsterdam region that collaborate with the University of Amsterdam on science education, particularly on interesting and motivating learners to select science courses and curricula (when going to study at a university). The schools also collaborate on using new technology to support and enhance education.
During two sessions on April 26th and 27th, 2010 DynaLearn presented the basic idea of the project and discussed with teachers the opportunities to use DynaLearn in the classroom once the software is available.

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DynaLearn presented at workshop on Integrating Cultures

UVA presented DynaLearn at the international Integrating Cultures workshop organised in the Lorentz center in Leiden (April 6-9, 2010). The presentation highlighted the main DynaLearn issues and put forward the challenge of using folksonomy as an instrument for integrating cultures.

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New Team Member @ UvA

The UvA team has a new team member: Carsten van Weelden. Carsten received his B.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence. He wrote his thesis on automatic qualitative model generation. He also assisted an introductory course on qualitative modeling using the Garp3 software.

The primary focus of Carsten’s work within the project will be on the user interface for the model grounding functionality of DynaLearn.

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Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS 2010)

The Tenth International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS 2010) will be held in Pittsburgh (USA) June 14-18, 2010. Bert Bredeweg was invited to serve on the Advisory Board for ITS. Submissions are due starting on January 12th. 2010.

The theme of the ITS 2010 conference is Bridges to Learning, a theme that connects the scientific content of the conference and the geography of the city.

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