Designing Dynamical Learning Environments for Simulation: Micro-Worlds & Applets on the World Wide Web

Rik Min
researcher / designer / problem solver

Faculty of Educational Science and Technology (EDTE), University of Twente (UT)
Postbus 217; 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands. E-mail: (Acone)




(as open learning environment and as cases or problems)

(and instructions)
(no real parallellism but a little virtual parallellism)

Request for Attention
(with Flash animation-file)

Video and applet
(with video-file) (QuickTime)

Parallel instruction
(1 order)

Parallel instruction
(2 order)



(Photo: Rik Min) (apology for the quality)

Split attention? Yes: 3 to 6 parallel information streams
Dual code? Yes: visual (3 to 6) and audial (1 to 2)
Multiwindowing? Yes (3 to 6)
Parallelism? Yes (3 to 6 dynamical objects)
Cognitive load? Huge ! But not a problem if the design and the synchonisation is very good

See CNN as example of non-interactive parallelism: the main speaker; a second speaker parallel (in 'viewports' or 'windows'); a logo or a characteristic visual feature; subtitling and subtitles; the actual foreign exchange market and stock market values (2 kinds); a title of the item; music; voice; background noise; etc.

Enschede, Febr. 13, 2002