CSI is a web-based science learning environment facilitating secondary schools’ students to investigate scientific phenomena through a model-based inquiry approach (CSI url: https://sstlsl-wimvt.sg/CSI/). It is co-developed by the National Institute of Education and the School of Science and Technology, Singapore, with involvement from the Educational Technology Division, Ministry of Education, Singapore. The uniqueness of CSI lies in its integration of modelling, visualization, guided inquiry and social interactions. With multiple functions, the system is targeted to support studentsto develop scientific conceptual knowledge and critical learning skills (e.g., inquiry skills, modelling skills, collaborative learning skills, reflective thinking skills). Students’ science learning will benefit from the following design principles: Guided Inquiry; Individual and Collaborative Modeling; Peer Discussion; Peer Review; Multiple Representations. CSI also provides science teachers with a multifunctional authoring tool for designing inquiry projects.
Figure 1. Students observing online simulations and discussing with their team members
Figure 2. Students co-constructing scientific models
Prof. Chee-Kit Looi