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Virtual lab environments: design and implementation of interactive, web based applications for increased learning
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This report describes the design and implementation of web based applications to be used mainly by students of ages 13-15 to increase their understanding of basic physics. Through theoretical studies and later practical tests the required features to make such applications successful are examined. The applications, named Virtual Lab Environments (VLEs), are made to be used together with the physics book Titano Fysik published by the publishing house Gleerups. Ten different VLEs have been created from which three were tested on a larger group of students. The test results are overall positive and they seem to support the facts established from the theoretical studies about how to design the applications. The result seems to further support the importance of game- like features for digital learning tools. The fun-factor of the VLEs seems to impact the users overall impression of the applications and therefore is very important. Naturally the fun has to be balanced since the purpose is to educate. But it is suggested that when ever possible, game-like features should be used. More tests are required, especially on the untested VLEs. Future research on the VLEs impact on students final results, after using the VLEs in their courses, should also be performed.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, interactive, simulations, physics, e-learning, education, tools, virtual lab environment, webb based learning
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-43527ISRN: LTU-EX--09/074--SELocal ID: 166d83d5-4ea7-4381-a5c9-8516b9816cccOAI: diva2:1016760
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
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Arenaprogrammes (2002-2014)
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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