Exploring Co-Design Workshops and VR Pilots for Tomorrow’s Engineers

In the ever-evolving landscape of education, the intersection of adaptive learning and virtual reality (VR) technology is shaping a new era for hands-on, immersive experiences. This blog post explores the journey of two co-design workshops conducted by HECOF, shedding light on the collaboration with pilot partners, NTUA (National Technical University of Athens) and POLIMI (Politecnico di Milano). The workshops aimed to bridge the gap between traditional teaching methods and cutting-edge technology, gathering valuable insights from students and teaching staff to enhance the learning experience.

Co-Design Workshops Unveiled: The two-day co-design workshops were structured based on the importance of key elements that laid the foundation for the successful implementation of adaptive learning and VR technology. From introducing the concept of HECOF and adaptive learning to delving into the intricacies of VR technology, the workshops covered a range of sessions.

Introduction of HECOF and AI-based Adaptive Learning: Building a foundational understanding of the project’s goals and AI-based adaptive learning principles.

Results and Visualization: Both pilots showcased similarities in result visualization, particularly in the quality of liquids. The visualization of results proved crucial for understanding the correlation between experimental setups and output, aiding the application of theoretical knowledge in practical scenarios. The HECOF platform aims to cater to diverse learner profiles, offering different difficulty levels and instructional modes to bridge knowledge gaps effectively.

Lab Setup and User Activities: While the lab setups varied between NTUA and POLIMI, the core user activities remained consistent. Preparation, setup and configuration of devices, monitoring, adjustments, and post-processing of results were integral components of both exercises. The synergy between the two use cases highlighted the potential for collaborative development of VR simulations, complementing each other in requirements.

Challenges and Solutions: Authoring VR simulations presented challenges in configuring apparatus, equipment, and variables. The need for a formulae editor to process parameters and variables was identified, along with the necessity for safety and hygiene considerations. The integration of adaptive AI and learning loops, along with the role of chat agents, emerged as key elements to guide learners effectively and enhance the overall educational experience.

In conclusion, the co-design workshops have illuminated a promising path forward in the realm of chemical engineering education. Through the intersection of AI-based adaptive learning and VR technology, these workshops have not only bridged the gap between traditional teaching methods and cutting-edge technology but have also provided a fertile ground for transformative educational experiences. By harnessing the power of immersive technologies, students are empowered to explore theoretical concepts while gaining practical insights in real-world scenarios. highlight the power of collaborative development and user-centric design in influencing the direction of education’s future. The integration of adaptive learning and VR technology promises to redefine the boundaries of learning, offering a dynamic and engaging educational experience for tomorrow’s engineers.

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