Making sense of students actions in an open-ended virtual laboratory environment

Yaakov Gal, Oriel Uzan, Robert Belford, Michael Karabinos, David Yaron

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A process for analyzing log files collected from open-ended learning environments is developed and tested on a virtual lab problem involving reaction stoichiometry. The process utilizes a set of visualization tools that, by grouping student actions in a hierarchical manner, helps experts make sense of the linear list of student actions recorded in a raw log file. Such analysis of an initial set of log files is then used to develop a rule-based system that can automatically classify the problem-solving strategies being engaged in by the students. The strategies assigned by the resulting rule-based system compare well with strategy codes assigned by experts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-616
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 14 Apr 2015


  • Chemical Education Research
  • Computer-Based Learning
  • First-Year Undergraduate/General
  • High School/Introductory Chemistry
  • Inquiry-Based/Discovery Learning
  • Internet/Web-Based Learning
  • Stoichiometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Education


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