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The role of computer tools and facilities become quite important to support educational activity in the school. In this view, many e-learning software are investigated, such as CAI (computer assisted instruction), WBT (Web based training), ILE (interactive learning environment), micro-world, CSCL (computer supported collaborative learning) (Galcev et al., 2001) and so on conventionally. On the other hand, VR (virtual reality) technology is focused as a new multimedia paradigm and is introduced into a lot of application software. And the costs of those VR facilities are reduced recently. For instance, a haptic device which offers the user such as force feedback would be powerful support tool for education at school and gives the student a direct feeling and more real feeling. In this paper, the new e-learning framework which is combined micro-world style ILE and VR concept is proposed. Also the prototype system which treats physical knowledge as the learning domain and introduces the PHANToM (personal haptic interface mechanism) as a haptic device is described.
Date of Conference: 5-8 July 2005