Learner behavior analysis in a virtual simulation laboratory
Bo Jiang, Ming Gao, Jihong Ding, Xiaoxia Wang and Wanjian Li
Computer technology has been widely and effectively used to simulate actual operation in virtual simulation laboratories for practical engineering instruction. In order to identify individual differences, understand cognitive processes and improve effectiveness in practical engineering instruction, it is of great significance for learner behaviors to be analyzed in virtual simulation laboratory platforms, and for the relationship to be explored between learner behaviors and learning results. Using research instruments of statistics, correlation analysis, qualitative analysis and regression analysis, and taking the case of a virtual simulation course Digital Circuits, this study focused on the learner behaviors in the virtual platform and their characteristics, analyzing the correlation between learner behaviors and learning results. The results show that learner behaviors vary very much, and there is a significant positive correlation between learners’ five types of participation （Diagram, F , Properties, Study, TextEditor） and learning results. Properties are the key factor affecting learning results, through which teachers can monitor and intervene learner participation.
Keywords： learner behaviors； learning analysis； learning results； engineering education； virtual simulation； Digital Circuits
Interaction between learners’ emotional aspects and search task type and its influence on online information search experience
Jinbo Tan and Guangxin Wang
With more and more attention drawn to the role of emotional factors in online learning, this study, based on the platform Internet Search Behavior Analysis System, explored the influence of learners’ emotional aspects and search task type on their search behaviors and search performance in different task contexts through experiments. The results show that emotional aspects have a significant effect on question answering ability and web page reading ability. Search task type has a significant effect on information selecting ability and web page reading ability. The interaction between learners’ emotional aspects and search task type has a significant effect on question answering ability. In addition, search task type has a significant effect on search performance, and the interaction effects of emotional aspects and search task type on search performance are also very significant. This study proves that learners’ emotional tendency plays an important role in the online information search experience.