Resource-Adaptive Design of Visualizations for Supporting the Comprehension of Complex Dynamics in the Natural Sciences

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Research Plan

The basic idea of the research project was that a successful knowledge acquisition with dynamic visualizations is a resource intensive process which requires simultaneous and optimized availability of different learning resources. This particularly comprises different processing capabilities of the cognitive system, functionalities of the applied computer technology and didactically substantiated contents and representations. Accordingly, the instructional potential of dynamic visualizations can only effectively evolve if these different learning resources are available in a coordinated way for a concrete knowledge acquisition scenario. This hypothesis was investigated in formal learning settings (e.g. school, university) as well as in informal learning settings (e.g. aquarium, diving excursion) for a natural sciences domain, the locomotion of fish.

Formal Project Description
Contract Title Resource-Adaptive Design of Visualizations for Supporting the Comprehension of Complex Dynamics in the Natural Sciences
Project Acronym Dynamic Visualizations in Learning
Donor Leibniz Association
Lead Partner Knowledge Media Research Center
Call/Action Pact for Research and Innovation of the Competition Fund 2006 of the Leibniz-Association
Link to the Call http://www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de/en/about-us/history/
Partners OTEC: Onderwijstechnologisch Expertise-centrum der Open University of the Netherlands

LSRI: Learning Sciences Research Institute
TECFA: Technologies de Formation et Appre-ntissage
LEAD (CNRS): Laboratoire D’etude del’ apprentissage et du developpement
CNTI: Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute

Cost of Action €782,200
Grant €782,200
Cost for FWC ca €30,000
Grant for FWC ca €30,000
Dates 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2009


Short Description Pact for Research and Innovation of the Competition Fund 2006 of the Leibniz-Association
About Project Dynamic Visualizations in Instruction


Specific objective(s)

-To support the understanding of complex dynamic processes in the Natural Sciences. Thereby we draw attention to conducive design of dynamic visualizations while considering and developing findings from cognitive and media psychology.

-To study the following topics:

mental resources

  • processing capacity
  • working memory
  • attention
  • modality- and codality-based processing channels

learner requirements

  • domain specific knowledge structures within long-term memory
  • expertise regarding cognitive and metacognitive processing strategies
  • spatial ability, visual literacy