E-Learning and Virtual Science Centers

E-Learning and Virtual Science Centers

Leo Tan Wee Hin (National Institute of Education, Singapore) and R. Subramaniam (National Institute of Education, Singapore)
Release Date: April, 2005|Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 457
ISBN13: 9781591405917|ISBN10: 1591405912|EISBN13: 9781591405931|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-591-7


E-Learning and Virtual Science Centers addresses an aspect of Web-based education that has not attracted sufficient attention in the international research literature – that of virtual science centers, the cyberspace annex of traditional science centers. It is the first book to be published on the rapidly advancing field of science education. Addressed to science and technology centers, science museums, and researchers in Web-based education, this book provides an overview of the state-of-the-art developments in this new and emerging field of science education.

Written for practitioners by practitioners, the 20 chapters featured in this book represent the contributions of more than 40 authors from over 10 countries – truly an international effort and a veritable gauge of state-of-the-art perspectives. E-Learning and Virtual Science Centers features theoretical issues, design considerations in the setting up virtual science centers, and case studies on various aspects of the field.

Reviews and Testimonials

E-Learning and Virtual Science Centers purports to be the first book published on the subject. The editors have collected 20 articles from authors around the globe on a wide range of subjects and organized them into three sections.

– Visitor Studies Today, Vol. 9, Iss. 1 (2006)

This massive volume, 20 chapters by authors from 11 countries, covers theoretical issues, design considerations, and case studies.

– CHOICE, Vol. 43, No. 8 (2006)

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Bill Peters
Leo Tan Wee Hin, R. Subramaniam
Leo Tan Wee Hin, R. Subramaniam
Chapter 1
Billie J. Jones
The concept of identification from the field of communication studies is used in this chapter to discuss the ways to, and the benefits of... Sample PDF
Establishing Identification in Virtual Science Museums: Creating Connections and Community
Chapter 2
Kathryn Haley Goldman, Lynn D. Dierking
Societies are in the midst of change, witnessing an explosion in out-of-school learning. From the proliferation of educational programming through... Sample PDF
Free-Choice Learning Research and the Virtual Science Center: Establishing a Record Agenda
Chapter 3
Andreas Zimmerman, Andreas Lorenze, Marcus Specht
Today it is not enough just to supply content without the consideration of the recipient, his/her current task and situation. Therefore the time... Sample PDF
Contextualized Virtual Science Centers
Chapter 4
Bronwyn Bevan
This chapter examines attributes of learning in informal environments, using a research framework developed by the Center for Informal Learning and... Sample PDF
Starting With What We Know: A CILS Framework for Moving from Physical to Virtual Science Learning Environments
Chapter 5
Susan Hazan
Drawing on Bruno Latour, this chapter argues that science and technology need to be replaced into social context dissolving the artificial... Sample PDF
Weaving Science Webs: E-Learning and Virtual Science Centers
Chapter 6
Janette R. Hill, Michael J. Hannafin, Denise P. Domizi
Recent changes in the role of resources have not only transformed how we think about resources, they have distributed production of and access to... Sample PDF
Resource-Based Learning and Informal Learning Environments: Prospects and Challenges
Chapter 7
Michael Douma, Horace Dediu
This chapter shares our observations, research, and experience with creating interactivity. We explore useful techniques for creating interactive... Sample PDF
Interactivity Techniques: Practical Suggestions for Interactive Science Web Sites
Chapter 8
Steven Allison-Bunnell, David T. Schaller
This chapter proposes a series of strategies for recreating science center exhibits online. It argues that while physical and electronic exhibits... Sample PDF
From the Physical to the Virtual: Bringing Free-Choice Science Education Online
Chapter 9
Anja Hoffman, Stefan Gobel, Oliver Schneider, Ido Iurgel
Within this chapter, the authors — all members of the Digital Storytelling group at ZGDV Darmstadt e.V. — provide an overview of the potential of... Sample PDF
Storytelling-Based Edutainment Applications
Chapter 10
Ramesh Srinivasan
This chapter points to the potential new information architectures hold in the design of virtual science centers. Science centers are treated as... Sample PDF
Revolutionizing Information Architectures within Learning-Focused Web Sites
Chapter 11
Joan C. Nordbotten
Concurrently, large multimedia databases, termed content databases, are being created to store and manage digital representations of a museum’s... Sample PDF
From Information Dissemination to Information Gathering: Using Virtual Exhibits and Content Databases in E-Learning Centers
Chapter 12
Renata Piazzalunga, Saulo Faria Almeida Barretto
In this chapter we will discuss some fundamental questions concerning creation and development of interfaces searching for the best way to promote... Sample PDF
Challenges in Virtual Environment Design: An Architectural Approach to Virtual Spaces
Chapter 13
Silvia Filippini-Fantoni, Jonathan P. Bowen, Teresa Numerico
E-learning has the potential to be a very personalized experience and can be tailored to the individual involved. So far, science museums have yet... Sample PDF
Personalization Issues for Science Museum Web Sites and E-learning
Chapter 14
John Falco, Patricia Barbanell, Dianna Newman, Suzanne Dewald
A model for partnership with virtual science content providers creates technology-infused science curriculum using interactive videoconferencing... Sample PDF
E-Learning and Virtual Science Centers: Designing Technology Supported Curriculum
Chapter 15
Nicoletta Di Blas, Paolo Paolini, Caterina Poggi
SEE, Shrine Educational Experience, represents an example of how Internet and multimedia technologies can effectively be exploited to deliver... Sample PDF
A Virtual Museum Where Students Can Learn
Chapter 16
Hannu Salmi
This chapter describes the changes in the role of informal learning education in science centres. It shows by several cases how the rapid... Sample PDF
Open Learning Environments: Combining Web-Based Virtual and Hands-On Science Center Learning
Chapter 17
Leo Tan Wee Hin, R. Subramaniam, Daniel Tan Teck Meng
Log analysis of server data has been used to study the Web site of the Singapore Science Center, which is the largest Web site among all science... Sample PDF
Use of Log Analysis and Text Mining for Simple Knowledge Extraction: Case Study of a Science Center on the Web
Chapter 18
Jonathan P. Bowen, Jim Angus, Jim Bennet, Ann Borda, Andrew Hodges, Silvia Filippini-Fantoni, Alpay Beler
Science museums have embraced the technology of the Web to present their resources online. The nature of the technology naturally fits with the... Sample PDF
The Development of Science Museum Web Sites: Case Studies…
Chapter 19
Roxane Bernier
This chapter looks at ways of examining informal e-learning environments to address innovative pedagogy, from two well-known institutions, where the... Sample PDF
The Educational Approach of Virtual Science Centers: Two Web Cast Studies (The Exploratorium and La Cite des Sciences et del'Industrie)
Chapter 20
Jim Spadaccini
Almost since the inception of the World Wide Web, scientific images in a variety of fields of study have been publicly available. However, in most... Sample PDF
Real Science: Making Connections to Research and Scientific Data
About the Authors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Leo Tan Wee Hin has a Ph.D. degree in Marine Biology. He holds the concurrent appointments of President of the Singapore National Academy of Science as well as Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of Special Projects in the Faculty of Science at the National University of Singapore. Prior to this, he was Director of the National Institute of Education and Director of the Singapore Science Centre. His research interests are in the fields of marine biology, ICT in education, science education, museum science, telecommunications, and transportation. He has published numerous research papers in international refereed journals.
R. Subramaniam has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. He is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education in Nanyang Technological University and Honorary Secretary of the Singapore National Academy of Science. Prior to this he was Acting Head of Physical Sciences at the Singapore Science Centre. His research interests are in the fields of physical chemistry, ICT in education, science education, museum science, telecommunications, and transportation He has published several research papers in international refereed journals.


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