Conference Paper (in Formal Publication) ()
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.
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).
case study; E-learning; interactive computer simulation; ecology
|Authors||Ameerbakhsh Omair, Maharaj Savi, Hussain Amir, Paine C E Timothy, Taiksi Solene|
|Date of public distribution||09/2016|
|Date accepted by journal||27/05/2016|
|Place of publication||Piscataway, NJ, USA|