Coordinator: Dr. Sonali Raje
Coordinator: Dr. Ankush Gupta
Coordinator: Prof. Jyotsna Vijapurkar
Harshit Agrawal and Durgaprasad Karnam, HBCSE
Science learning requires imagining systems that change over time and in relation to one another, e.g. visualizing how graphs change with respect to equations etc. Many students are unable to imagine these operations on abstract entities and processes (and they resort to rote learning). In the LSR group, we design dynamic and interactive simulation systems, which seek to seed the required imagination process. The systems, and associated evaluations, are designed in such a way that students do not use the simulation as a crutch, offloading the process of imagination entirely to the simulation. Our designs also seek to support more complex imagination processes in conjunction with simulations, which would allow students to work on advanced problems that are not solvable based on imagination alone.
We have also collaborated with teachers to develop an augmented textbook and a virtual lesson plan, which together allow teachers to smoothly extend their current textbook-based practice to simulation-based teaching. This talk will illustrate in detail this research approach, using demonstrations that operationalize the above design approach, and discuss some insights and collaboration possibilities.