Combining human and machine expertise for self-directed learning in simulation-based discovery environments

Ton de Jong, Wouter van Joolingen, Janine Swaak, K.H. Veermans, R. Limbach, S. King, D. Gureghian

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SIMQUEST is an authoring system for designing and creating simulation-based learning environments. The special character of SIMQUEST learning environments is that they include cognitive support for learners which means that they provide learners with support in the discovery process. In SIMQUEST learning environments, a balance is sought between direct guidance of the learning process and sufficient freedom for learners to regulate the learning process themselves. This paper describes the basic mechanisms of the SIMQUEST learning and authoring environments. The functionality authors have in providing the learner with guidance and some of the experiences on how authors use these opportunities and learners employ the cognitive support are reported.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)235-246
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of computer assisted learning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Computer based learning
  • Authoring systems
  • Discovery learning
  • METIS-135437
  • Simulation
  • IR-26786
  • Self-directed learning

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