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An exploratory case study of interactive simulation for teaching Ecology

Citation
Ameerbakhsh O, Maharaj S, Hussain A, Paine CET & Taiksi S (2016) An exploratory case study of interactive simulation for teaching Ecology In: 2016 15th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training (ITHET), Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE. ITHET 2016: 15th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, 8.9.2016 - 10.9.2016, Istanbul, Turkey.

Abstract
This paper explores the effectiveness of interactive simulation for teaching a selected complex subject, Ecology, in higher education. Specifically, we carry out a lab intervention using interactive agent based simulation, to teach the complex concept of spatially-explicit predator prey interaction to undergraduate students of an advanced module: BIOU9CE (Community Ecology & Conservation Applications) at the University of Stirling. We propose use of Netlogo, an interactive agent-based simulation tool, and evaluate its effectiveness for learning and teaching of interactive simulation developed specifically for the classroom, compared with an existing, less interactive, simulation tool (R).

Keywords
case study; E-learning; interactive computer simulation; ecology

StatusPublished
AuthorsAmeerbakhsh Omair, Maharaj Savi, Hussain Amir, Paine C E Timothy, Taiksi Solene
Publication date01/12/2016
Date of public distribution09/2016
Date accepted by journal27/05/2016
URLhttp://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7760725/
PublisherIEEE
Place of publicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
ISBN 978-1-5090-0778-3
LanguageEnglish
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