What is the best application of virtual technology in the classroom?

You probably never thought you could attend a virtual lecture, discussion, exam, or lab in 3D. In fact, this is already possible. Virtual worlds have clear advantages over traditional classroom settings.

Youngblut’s research has found some crucial characteristics for the successful integration of virtual worlds.

- Effective virtual worlds allow the learner to visualize or enact learning scenarios through active engagement.
- The key to efficacy of virtual worlds is interactivity, rather than immersion. This simply means that students learn by doing in this environment.
- Virtual worlds can be applied to create spaces that transcend safety or distance parameters.
- Ease of navigation through the world seems to make the user experience better and improve learning motivation.
- Teachers best serve as facilitators in the discovery process, rather than problem solvers.
- Desktop Virtual worlds are the preferred method as they more cost effective and less cumbersome than immersive VR.

- Worlds must build learning through interaction and construction, rather than by assimilation as with traditional instruction.

In addition, virtual worlds can be used to effectively integrate media, such as:
- e-Books
- Hyperlinked articles
- Objects to manipulate, such as artifacts
- Interactive calendars or blackboards
- Surveys, where feedback is sent via email

/Posted by EdTech Times Staff /

10. Apr. 2013