CoChemEx: Supporting Conceptual Chemistry Learning Via Computer-Mediated Collaboration Scripts

  • Dimitra Tsovaltzi
  • Nikol Rummel
  • Niels Pinkwart
  • Andreas Harrer
  • Oliver Scheuer
  • Isabel Braun
  • Bruce M. McLaren
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5192)


Chemistry students, like students in other disciplines, often learn to solve problems by applying well-practiced procedures. Such an approach, however, may hinder 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 and adapts to their needs for support. We used the results from a small-scale study comparing how singles and dyads solve chemistry problems with the VLab with and without scripts to develop a scripted collaborative experimentation environment. A subsequent small-scale study compared an adaptive and a non-adaptive version of the system. Qualitative data analyses revealed a tendency for the dyads in the adaptive feedback condition to improve their collaboration and be more motivated than the non-adaptive dyads. In this paper, we present our research framework and report on preliminary results from the two small-scale studies.


Adaptive Condition Adaptive Feedback Collaboration Script Chemistry Classroom Argument Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dimitra Tsovaltzi
    • 1
  • Nikol Rummel
    • 2
  • Niels Pinkwart
    • 3
  • Andreas Harrer
    • 4
  • Oliver Scheuer
    • 1
  • Isabel Braun
    • 2
  • Bruce M. McLaren
    • 1
  1. 1.Deutsches Forschungszentrum Für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI)Germany
  2. 2.Albert-Ludwigs-Universität FreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Technische Universität ClausthalGermany
  4. 4.Katholische Universität Eichstätt-IngolstadtGermany

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