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The effectiveness of computer simulations in a computer based learning environment
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, Rhodes College, United States ; , , , , University of Memphis, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-57-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

We explored the effectiveness of interactive simulations on an intelligent tutoring system, called AutoTutor. College students (N=132) were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: (1) AutoTutor with simulations, (2) AutoTutor without simulations, and (3) Monte Carlo AutoTutor. A pretest-posttest design was used to measure learning gains. The findings indicate that all versions of AutoTutor were successful in promoting learning. Although differences were not significant among all of the tutor conditions, they were in the predicted directions (1>2>3) and condition 1 was significantly better than 3. Improved simulation dialogues and faster display of simulations are expected to enhance learning in future versions of AutoTutor.

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Kim, H.J.J., Graesser, A., Jackson, T., Olney, A. & Chipman, P. (2005). The effectiveness of computer simulations in a computer based learning environment. In G. Richards (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2005--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1362-1367). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 19, 2019 from .

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