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Feedback Authoring for Exploratory Activities: The Case of a Logo-Based 3D Microworld

  • Sokratis KarkalasEmail author
  • Manolis Mavrikis
  • Marios Xenos
  • Chronis Kynigos
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 739)

Abstract

This paper presents AuthELO an authoring environment that can be used for the configuration of logging and authoring of automated feedback for exploratory learning objects (ELOs). ELOs are web components (widgets) that can be integrated with learning platforms to synthesise highly interactive learning environments. AuthELO has been developed in the context of the MCSquared project that is developing a platform for authoring interactive educational e-books. This platform comprises an extendable set of diverse widgets that can be used to generate instances of exploratory activities that can be employed in various learning scenarios. AuthELO was designed and developed to provide a simple, common and efficient authoring interface that can normalise the diversity of these widgets and give the ability to non-experts to easily develop or customise the feedback that is provided to students using a data-driven approach. In this paper we describe the architecture and design characteristics of AuthELO and a small-scale evaluation with activities in a logo-based 3D microworld called Malt+. We reflect on both the challenges of the authoring process and the pedagogical potential of the feedback when these activities are used by students.

Keywords

Feedback authoring Exploratory learning environments 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement N\(^{\circ }\)610467 - project ‘M C Squared’. This publication reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sokratis Karkalas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Manolis Mavrikis
    • 1
  • Marios Xenos
    • 2
  • Chronis Kynigos
    • 2
  1. 1.UCL Knowledge LabUCL Institute of EducationLondonUK
  2. 2.Educational Technology LabNational Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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