M.J.P. Marcelino (Portugal), M.A. Redondo (Spain), A.I.S. Tinoco, and A.J.N. Mendes (Portugal)
Modelling, simulation, computer-supported collaborative
In this paper we describe SimulCol, an asynchronous
collaborative educational modelling tool. SimulCol allows
building and running continuous models of general
systems and supports learners spread in anytime and
anywhere to develop models in group. Model building is
generally a hard task requiring a high level of abstraction.
This process can however be abridged if done in group.
But, many times, students are not physically together.
Still they need to work collectively to accomplish certain
tasks. That is what SimulCol provides in what concerns
the development of models overcoming in this way some
difficulties students usually face. Also it provides a set of
tools for the teacher to follow students’ individual and