Learning about Earthquakes: Getting Serious about Authenticity in Computer-Supported Learning
Interactive Learning Environments Volume 19, Number 3, ISSN 1049-4820
The discovery or re-construction of scientific explanations and understanding based on experience is a complex process, for which school learning often uses shortcuts. On the basis of the example of analyzing real seismic measurements, we propose a computer-facilitated collaborative learning scenario which meets many of the requirements for authentic learning, knowledge construction, and collaboration. The implementation of the learning environment called SeisModes is based on a general platform for supporting collaborative modeling activities. SeisModes provides a tool to allow students collaboratively learn about earthquakes and thus reduce the fears they might have concerning them. First formal evaluations showed the approach motivates students. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
Baloian, N., Pino, J.A. & Hardings, J. (2011). Learning about Earthquakes: Getting Serious about Authenticity in Computer-Supported Learning. Interactive Learning Environments, 19(3), 285-302.