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The Design of History Mechanisms and their Use in Collaborative Educational Simulations

dc.contributor.authorPlaisant, Catherineen_US
dc.contributor.authorRose, Anneen_US
dc.contributor.authorRubloff, Garyen_US
dc.contributor.authorSalter, Richarden_US
dc.contributor.authorShneiderman, Benen_US
dc.description.abstractReviewing past events has been useful in many domains. Videotapes and flight data recorders provide nvaluable technological help to sports coaches or aviation engineers. Similarly, providing learners with a readable recording of their actions may help them monitor their behavior, reflect on their progress, and experiment with revisions of their experiences. It may also facilitate active collaboration among dispersed learning communities. Learning histories can help students and professionals make more effective use of digital library searching, word processing tasks, computer-assisted design tools, electronic performance support systems, and web navigation. This paper describes the design space and discusses the challenges of implementing learning histories. It presents guidelines for creating effective implementations, and the design tradeoffs between sparse and dense history records. The paper also presents a first implementation of learning histories for a simulation-based engineering learning environment called SimPLE (Simulated Processes in a Learning Environment) for the case of a semiconductor fabrication module, and reports on early user evaluation of learning histories implemented within SimPLE. Also cross-referenced as UMIACS-TR-99-34en_US
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dc.relation.ispartofseriesUM Computer Science Department; CS-TR-4027en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUMIACS; UMIACS-TR-99-34en_US
dc.titleThe Design of History Mechanisms and their Use in Collaborative Educational Simulationsen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtTech Reports in Computer Science and Engineeringen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUMIACS Technical Reportsen_US

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