Teachers as simulation programmers: Minimalist learning and reuse

M. B. Rosson, C. D. Seals

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Five public school teachers were observed during two selfstudy sessions where they learned to use Visual AgenTalk (VAT). The first session emphasized the basic visual programming skills, while the second introduced ways to reuse existing simulations. Two versions of the reuse tutorial were developed, one offering a concrete example world for reuse, and the second an abstract world. During their learning and reuse sessions, the teachers thought out loud as they worked, enabling a detailed analysis of their goals, reactions, problems, and successes. After each session, the teachers also completed user reaction questionnaires. Although all teachers succeeded in learning the basics of VAT, they varied considerably in their reuse of the example simulations. It appears that the simplified components of the abstract world supported reuse to a greater degree than those of the concrete example world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI'01
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2001
EventSIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2001 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Mar 31 2001Apr 5 2001

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


ConferenceSIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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