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Using an Adaptive Collaboration Script to Promote Conceptual Chemistry Learning

Dimitra Tsovaltzi; Bruce McLaren; Nikol Rummel; Oliver Scheuer; Andreas Harrer; Niels Pinkwart; Isabel Braun
In: Beverley P. Woolf; Esma Aimeur; Roger Nkambou; Susanne Lajoie (Hrsg.). Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS-08). International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS-08), 9th, June 23-27, Montréal, Canada, Pages 709-711, Springer Verlag, 2008.


Chemistry students often learn to solve problems algorithmically, applying well-practiced procedures to problems. Such an approach may hinder development of conceptual understanding. We propose to promote conceptual learning by having pairs of students collaborate on problems in a virtual laboratory (VLab), assisted by a computer-mediated collaboration script that guides the students through the stages of scientific experimentation by adapting to a particular student's (or dyad's) skills. In this paper, we report on our early steps toward this goal, including technology development and an initial wizard-of-oz study.


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