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Using virtual reality to construct knowledge

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1 Author(s)
Downey, S. ; Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL, USA

The application of virtual reality technologies in the students' knowledge construction process, however, may provide learners with a tool for representing multiple perspectives of a domain as well as the interrelationships of concepts within that domain as they change from perspective to perspective. To determine if this potential exists, this work-in-progress attempts to assess the viability of virtual reality markup language (VRML) as an innovative, educational tool for creating knowledge maps for use in the learning process. More precisely, this study seeks to determine if and how students' development of three-dimensional concept maps using VRML influences their learning and integration of multiple perspectives in ill and well-structured domains. In the process, the study attempts to prove/disprove several hypotheses.

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Frontiers in Education Conference, 1998. FIE '98. 28th Annual  (Volume:1 )

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4-7 Nov. 1998