Spatial Abilities in Virtual Environment’s Learning Spaces

By Costas Diplas and Vassilis Komis.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The recent three-dimensional virtual environment applications of Virtual Reality have a strong impact on the way the users interact with computer-generated spaces and on the role of the computer as a supportive tool and as a mediator for learning, as well. The researchers in the field of Educational Technology are content to build conceptual frameworks to study the cognitive representations formed by the students in this new technological platform and the students’ knowledge acquisition. Moreover, they provide the students with virtual environment applications for learning in various domains. Such an approach to the study of learning is presented here, concerning the investigation and evaluation of factors that seem to be important and particularly decisive for the spatial perception. The learners were engaged with specific tasks inside an interactive 3D virtual space modelled using desktop virtual reality technology for learning. The experimental processes that were designed provided our research team with useful data and first conclusions for further research.

Keywords: Virtual Environment, Virtual World, 3D, Spatial Knowledge, Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 10, pp.63-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.429MB).

Costas Diplas

PhD Candidate, Department of Educational Science and Early Childhood Education, University of Patras, Rion, Patras, Greece

Costas Diplas holds a Diploma of Computer Engineering & Informatics and an M.Sc. on Information Technology in Education & Educational Software, and he is an Informatics Professor with Greek Public Secondary Education. He works as a teaching assistant personnel at the Dept. of Educational Science & Early Childhood Education of the University of Patras and is a Ph.D. candidate in the same Department. Up to now, he has published one paper in an International Journal, 15 papers in International and Greek Conference Proceedings and one paper in a Collection of Papers’ Book. In addition, Costas Diplas has been participating in 8 Greek and EU funded research projects about IT in Education as a software designer and member of the R&D team.

Vassilis Komis

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Sciences & Early, Childhood Education, University of Patras, Rion, Patras, Greece

Vassilis Komis holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Crete (1987), DEA (1989) and doctoral degrees (1993) in Teaching of Computer Science (Didactique de l’Informatique) from the University of Paris 7 - Denis Diderot (Jussieu). Vassilis Komis is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education of the University of Patras. His publications and research interests concern the teaching of computer science; the pupils’ representations in the new information technologies and the representations formed during the use of computers in the classroom; the integration of computers in education; and the conception and the development of educational software.

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