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DynaLearn - Engaging and informed tools for learning conceptual system knowledge

Project Leader
Muhar Susanne, Project Leader
Duration:
01.02.2009-31.01.2012
Programme:
FP7 - Cooperation - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
EU-Project Instruments
Spec. Target. o Inn. Project (STREP)
Type of Research
Applied Research
Staff
Zitek Andreas, Sub Projectleader
Poppe Michaela, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
Abstract
Despite this importance, there is an alarming decline in the number of students choosing science subjects. Reasons for this include the perceived complexity, the idea that these subjects are uninteresting and tedious, and the lack of effective cognitive tools that enable learners to acquire the expertise in a way that fits its
qualitative nature. The DynaLearn project seeks to address these problems by integrating well established, but currently independent technological developments, and utilize the added value that emerges. Specifically, diagrammatic representations will be used for learners to articulate, analyse and communicate ideas, and thereby construct their conceptual knowledge. Ontology mapping will be used to find and match co-learners working on similar ideas to provide individualised and mutually benefiting learning opportunities. Virtual characters will be used to make the interaction engaging and motivating. The development of the workbench will be tuned to fit key topics from environmental science curricula, and evaluated and further improved in the context of existing curricula using case studies. Through this approach, the DynaLearn project will deliver an individualised and engaging cognitive tool for acquiring conceptual knowledge that fits the true nature of this expertise. Conceptual knowledge of system's behaviour is crucial for society to understand and successfully interact with its environment. Acquiring this expertise is therefore a valuable aspect of science education.
Keywords
water pollution control; hydrobiology; interdisciplinary natural science; computer-aided simulation; general education; applied education; educational research; university didactics; technical didactics (natural sciences); E-learning, telelearning;
Publications

Mioduser, D., Zuzovsky, R., Salles, P., Souza, A., Portella, A., Braga, E., Wilhelms, L., Pereira Resende, M., Morison, G., Assumpção da Costa e Silva, P., Gontijo de Sá, I., Pires, L., Simões, A., Noble, R., Cowx, I., Borisova, P., Liem, J., Uzunov, Y., Zurel, D., Leiba, M., Benayahu, H., Nachmias, R., Ram J., Zitek, A., Poppe, M. & Stelzhammer, M. (2012): Final report on DynaLearn evaluation studies.DynaLearn, EC FP7 STREP project 231526, Deliverable D7.4. .

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Salles, S., Bredeweg, B., Corcho, O., Zitek, A. (2012): Second DynaLearn workshop. DynaLearn, EC FP7 STREP project 231526, Deliverable 8.3.2.

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Salles, S., Souza, A., Noble, R., Zitek, A., Borisova, P., Leiba, M. & Bredeweg, B. (2012): DynaLearn curriculum for environmental science. DynaLearn, EC FP7 STREP project 231526, Deliverable D6.5..

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Mioduser, D., Zuzovsky, R. (eds.), Salles, P., Souza, A., Portella, A., Braga, E., Wilhelms, L., Pereira Resende, M., Morison, G., Assumpção da Costa e Silva, P., Gontijo de Sá, I., Pires, L., Simões, A., Noble, R., Borisova, P., Uzunov, Y., Zurel, D., Leiba, M., Benayahu, H., Nachmias, R., Ram, J., Zitek, A., Poppe, M., Stelzhammer, M. (2011): Evaluation of DynaLearn – first phase insights. DynaLearn, EC FP7 STREP project 231526, Deliverable D7.2.6..

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Noble, R., Salles, P., Zitek, A., Mioduser, D., Zuzovsky, R., Borisova, P. (2011): DynaLearn curriculum reflection and advancement. DynaLearn, EC FP7 STREP project 231526, Deliverable D6.3..

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Poppe M., Zitek A., Stelzhammer M., Bredeweg B., Muhar S. (2011): How can we increase causal and structural system understanding in environmental science? First evaluation results of a conceptual modelling software (DynaLearn) in Austria. [Poster]
[European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Wien, 03.04.2011 - 08.04.2011]

In: EGU General Assembly, Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 13, EGU2011-5725

Zitek, A., Noble, R., Poppe, M., Stelzhammer, M., Muhar S., Bredeweg, B. (2011): Enabling causal systems understanding using a conceptual modelling workbench (invited presentation).
[North American Benthological Society (NABS) Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, May 22 – 26, 2011]

In: North American Benthological Society, Proceedings of the North American Benthological Society (NABS) Annual Meeting May 22 – 26, 2011, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Zitek, A., Poppe, M., Stelhammer, M., Muhar, S., Bredeweg, B. (2011): Evaluating the effects of a new qualitative simulation software (DynaLearn) on learning behavior, factual and causal understanding. [Poster]
[15th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence in Education, Auckland, New Zealand, 27 June - 1 July 2011]

In: G. Biswas et al. (Eds), AIED 2011, LNAI 6738, pp. 594-596. Springer, Heidelberg (2011)

Zitek, A., Poppe, M., Stelzhammer, M., Jung, A., Zacharias, M., Muhar, S. (2011): Educating river managers of the future by teaching conceptual systems understanding.
[International Conference on the Status and Future of the World's Large Rivers, Vienna, AUSTRIA, 11.04.2011 - 14.04.2011]

In: Habersack, H., Schober, B., Walling, D., Conference Abstract Book of the International Conference on the Status and Future of the World’s Large Rivers, 11.-14. April 2011, Vienna, Austria, 399; ISBN: 978-80-7399-518-8

Mioduser, D., Salles, P., Noble, R., Zitek, A., Benayahu, Y., Zurel, D., Leiba, M., Zuzovsky, R., Nachmias, R. (2010): DynaLearn lessons and assignment schemata. DynaLearn, EC FP7 STREP project 231526, Deliverable D7.1.

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Zitek, A., Poppe, M., Stelzhammer, M. (2010): BOKU evaluation of DynaLearn prototype. EC FP7 STREP project 231526, Deliverable D7.2.5 .

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Zitek, A., Poppe, M., Stelzhammer, M., Jung, A., Zacharias, M., Muhar, S. (2010): University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) – Basic Topics and Models. DynaLearn, EC FP7 STREP project 231526, Deliverable D5.2.5.

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Poppe, M., Zitek, A., Salles, P., Bredeweg, B., Muhar, S. (2010): How can we cope with the complexity of the environment? A "Learning by modelling" approach using qualitative reasoning for developing causal models and simulations with focus on Sustainable River Catchment Management. [Poster]
[European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Wien, 02.05.2010 - 07.05.2010]

In: European Geosciences Union, Ed., Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 12, EGU2010-3160

Zitek A., Poppe, M., Stelzhammer, M., Jung, A., Zacharias, M., Muhar S. (2010): First evaluations of the effect of the DynaLearn software on conceptual understanding of river catchments.
[ISEI7 - 7th International Conference on Ecological Informatics, Ghent, 13-16 December]

In: Ghent University, Belgium, Book of Abstracts of the 7th International Conference on Ecological Informatics, 162-163

Zitek A., Poppe, M., Stelzhammer, M., Jung, A., Zacharias, M., Muhar S. (2010): A new curriculum for teaching conceptual systems understanding of river catchments.
[ISEI7 - 7th International Conference on Ecological Informatics, Ghent, 13-16 December]

In: Ghent University, Belgium, Book of Abstracts of the 7th International Conference on Ecological Informatics, 153

Gómez-Pérez, J.M., Salles, P., Wissner, M., Mioduser, D., Bredeweg, B., Noble, R., Uzunov, Y., Zitek, A. and consortium members (2009): Dissemination and Communication Plan. DynaLearn, EC FP7 STREP project 231526, Deliverable D8.1.

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Salles, P., Assumpção Costa e Silva, P., Gontijo de Sá, I., Noble, R., Zitek, A., Uzunov, Y. and Mioduser, D. (2009): DynaLearn environmental science curriculum requirements. DynaLearn, EC FP7 STREP project 231526, Deliverable D6.1 .

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Zitek A., S. Preis, M. Poppe, S. Muhar (2009): Evaluating the potential of Qualitative Reasoning to capture and communicate knowledge on sustainable catchment management.
[23rd International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning (QR'09), Ljubljana, Slovenia, 22-24 June, 2009]

In: Zabkar, J. and Bratko, I. (Eds.), QR 2009 - 23rd International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning, 127-134

Vorträge

Zitek A., Poppe, M. , Stelzhammer, M., Muhar S. (2012): Conceptual causal modelling and simulation of river systems.

Science Day, 17.2.2012, Lunz am See

Poppe, M., Zitek A., Stelzhammer (2011): Interdisziplinäre Arbeitsgruppe: ökologisches Gewässermanagement, Fließgewässerschutz, Flusslandschaften und Gewässerrevitalisierungen - EU-Forschungsprojekt DynaLearn (www.dynalearn.eu): Entwicklung interaktiver Lernsoftware.

, BOKU Forschungspool - Ringlehrveranstaltung (BOKU-Lehrende präsentieren ihre Forschungsthemen für Bachelor- und Master-Studierende), HS XX , 18.01.2011, Wien

Zitek A., Poppe, M., Stelzhammer, M., Jung, A., Zacharias, M., Muhar S. (2011): Educating river managers of the future by teaching conceptual systems understanding - Poster presentation at the DynaLearn stand. [Poster]

, The Scientix Conference, 6-8 May, Brussels, Belgium

Muhar, S., Poppe, M., Zitek, A., (2010): Floodplain management and education – towards a better social understanding of important ecosystems services provided by riverine landscapes".

, WETLANET Workshop "QR-modeling for wetlands management and education. Potentials and prospectives", 15-19 February, 2010, CLGe-BASc, Sofia

Zitek, A., Preis, S., Poppe, M, Muhar, S. (2010): "Evaluating the potential of Qualitative Reasoning to capture and communicate knowledge on sustainable catchment management".

, WETLANET Workshop "QR-modeling for wetlands management and education. Potentials and prospectives", 15-19 February, 2010, CLGe-BASc, Sofia

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