Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Interactive Learning Environments

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_321



An interactive learning environment (ILE) is a system built in software and sometimes with specialized hardware designed to support teaching and learning in education. The interaction in the system can be between the learner and the system, the teacher and the system, or between teachers and learners with each other using the system. The learning can be academic, informal, or work-related. The environment can be more situational and passive, as in a microworld or virtual world, or Socratic and tutorial as in an intelligent tutoring system. An ILE will normally work over the Internet as well as on mobile devices such as smart phones.

Theoretical Background

The fundamental challenge of an ILE is to produce learning using computers that rivals the best use of traditional media and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social SciencesArlingtonUSA