Learning complex domains and complex tasks, the promise of simulation based training

Abstract : Computer simulations enable the realization of didactical concepts such as inquiry learning, collaborative learning, and situated learning. These didactical approaches are not novel in the sense that they have just emerged, but simulation learning environments help to realize these approaches in new type of contexts. The design of such simulation learning environments is a multifaceted endeavour. First, the processes and difficulties involved in inquiry, collaboration, and knowledge application have to be identified so that measures that actually support learners in these learning processes can be created and incorporated in the application. Second personal, curricular, and organizational requirements and constraints for the multimedia supported didactical innovations should be recognized. This article presents examples from projects (SIMQUEST and Co-Lab1) in which simulation based learning environments in engineering and science domains have been developed and evaluated.
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Ton de Jong. Learning complex domains and complex tasks, the promise of simulation based training. Invited paper presented in CALIE04, International Conference on Computer Aided Learning in Engineering education, 16-18 février 2004, Grenoble., 2004, Grenoble, France. 7 p. ⟨hal-00190182⟩

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