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Simulation-based Learning

Simulation-based environments are effective tools to improve learning and have been used in many educational contexts. In the process of problem-solving, the learner plans and designs experiments to obtain supporting evidence for solving the problem. In this study, we focused on the learning behavior of students using a digital electronics simulator called Deeds (Digital ElectronicsEducation and Design Suite).

We performed an empirical study with more than 200 students and analyzed the behavior of learners in simulation-based learning. Process Mining and the Cyclomatic Complexity metric are applied to gain insight into the learning processes of students. By applying these methods, we showed where the efforts of the students were concentrated and where the students were stuck. These results can help the instructors provide more assistance with the simulator components that require more time and effort from the students. For more details, please have a look at our publications and data set.