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    LEGO Robots training Using Virtual Robot Toolkit

    by Marwa Seoudy 10/03/2019 10:37 AM BST

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          We used our more than 12 years of giving training in STEM subjects to 1000s of students in face to face setup and innovation labs around Egypt, and designed our online courses content to: keep the enrolled students engaged, give the sensation of hands-on experience using simulations, gamification and other tools, build individualized scaffolds for the enrolled students using our researched pedagogical framework and learning analytics. We provide direct online mentoring and coaching to the students during the course which kept the students engaged, interested and have the feelings of the presence in the same place with their peers and the instructor.

          Most of the MOOCs and STEM focused websites are focused to deliver the information to the students without assessing the interest of the enrolled student. The analytics are used to judge the students more than providing any kind of scaffolds. I will explain how we solved this by giving an example about one of our courses. We provide a 14 weeks course teaching lego robots online to 13years-19years old students. We used the Virtual Robot Tool Kit. We designed the modules so that each module contains an assignment, a teaser and a weekly webinar. The webinars were based on dialog format between the instructor and the students.

          Our methods are considered an improve to the existing pedagogical practices of K12 online education when it comes to STEM topics as coding or robotics. The current practices don't embrace dialog and use the technology and the learning management system as tools of communicating information from the instructor to the enrolled students. There is rare attention to what is going on the students side and if they are mastering the needed skills or if the students are facing challenges. We built our pedagogy to use the technology not only to deliver information but also to help the enrolled students to master new skills as trouble shooting, logic thinking, and peers learning.

          In the field of educational robots the nearest programs designed for k12 are either offline and requires to have the kits as LEGO robots. When to comes to e-learning the students use online videos provided by different YouTube channels. There are a couple of courses on Udemy but also uses the video format, which means the instructor is talking in the video and the students are just receiving the information. The video format and the lack of interaction between the instructor and the students make it almost impossible for the students to learn troubleshooting or to have the sense of a hands-on experience without having the kits physically. We overcame this in our program by using a simulator and more than 13years of experience in working with education robots. Our experience with the students and educational robots as lego helped us to transform the training from the real world to the virtual world using technology as a Learning Management System, online conferences and simulation.

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