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Your Mission is to Collaboratively Program a LEGO Robot via a Virtual World

, Future University Hakodate, Japan

Global TIME, in Online, Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


In the collaborative process of programming a LEGO robot to follow distinct circuits, communication between students remotely located in Japan has been undertaken in a dedicated, learner-designed OpenSim virtual world. The communication has been digitally captured, transcribed and analyzed using a neo-Bloomian taxonomy. It has been observed that relative frequency with which different elements of cognition appeared in the data (e.g. applying conceptual knowledge) did not present itself as an increasing linear percentage as tasks became progressively more difficult. In other words, cognitive development is, as expected, not linear. It is reasoned that the revealed dynamics between the neo-Bloomian taxonomic elements and the developed metrics will provide insights into the nature of effective pedagogy supported by learner-centered design in virtual learning and teaching environments. A summary of the implementation of the research is presented.


Vallance, M. (2012). Your Mission is to Collaboratively Program a LEGO Robot via a Virtual World. In Proceedings of Global TIME -Online Conference on Technology, Innovation, Media & Education (pp. 11-17). Online,: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 16, 2018 from .


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