We develop learning opportunities around Interactive Simulations that allow students to complete experiments online and explore concepts while sitting at their desk.
The use of interactive learning environments (ILEs) to engage students in inquiry- and scenario-based learning is of great pedagogical potential. Especially when such approaches are not a viable option in the physical world (e.g. because they would be too dangerous, time-consuming, or expensive), ILEs represent an interesting alternative for students to learn through exploration and inquiry as a supplement to deductive reasoning.
HeatingSim is a simulation for heating technicians, which helps to impart the technical functionalities and the interdependencies of the different components of complex heating systems.
ChemLab allows laboratory technicians to explore concepts and theories by performing experiments online – without the need for a physical science lab. The project uses the PhET Interactive Simulations developed by the University of Colorado Boulder.