The contribution of 3D environments to conceptual understanding

Barney Dalgarno, John Hedberg, Barry Harper

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the potential learning benefits of 3D Learning Environments (3DLEs). It presents definitions of key terms and analyses the learner-computer interactions facilitated by 3DLEs, in order to identify the unique characteristics of such environments It is argued that the most important potential contribution of 3DLEs to conceptual understanding is through facilitation of spatial knowledge development. The effectiveness of 3DLEs for spatial learning is discussed, drawing on literature from a range of disciplines. Aspects of a research agenda are identified including exploration of the characteristics of 3DLEs that are most important for spatial learning along with issues in designing appropriate learning tasks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication19th annual conference of the Australasian society for computers in learning in tertiary education, Winds of change in the sea of learning
    Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
    PublisherUNITEC Institute of Technology
    Pages1-10
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)0473091194
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - Auckland, New Zealand, New Zealand
    Duration: 08 Dec 200211 Dec 2002

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
    CountryNew Zealand
    Period08/12/0211/12/02

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