A Practical Vision for Connecting Students' Education to Virtual Worlds
Concurrent Session 5
Giving students ownership of a virtual world provides opportunities for them to navigate a tangible and spatially oriented environment to their individual abstract educational landscapes. Discover a practical vision for making this idea a reality using modern web technology.
Technology available today provides new opportunities in education. There is unprecedented access to desktop browsers, tablets, smart phones, and virtual reality headsets that all have the ability to view immersive 3D environments. Now, with the help of a few modern web frameworks, a 3D experience can be developed and delivered using web technology that reach all of these devices. This allows students to consume these experiences in traditional, online, or hybrid classes.
This marks the first time that a simple pathway exists for creating engaging 3D experiences that:
Utilize web technologies for development and delivery
Provide progressively enhanced experiences across all hardware
Record student outcomes
Provide dynamic content
Attendees should come away with the understanding that this technology is the most approachable it has ever been for institutions. They will see how simple cross-platform 3D experiences can be developed and delivered through their existing web platforms. They will be exposed to research that specifically addresses the efficacy of education through 3D experiences. Finally, they should leave with enough information to give them confidence in a decision to adopt or not adopt 3D technology in their institutions or learning applications.
The session will begin with an interactive and live online survey. The audience will be able to view live results from the group as the survey completes. The survey will be composed of questions that intend to get a feel for how the audience perceives the effectiveness of 3D experiences in education as well as how they would rate the viability of using these experiences in their own settings.
Next, the audience will be given a tour of how 3D content can be viewed with progressive enhancements across a multitude of devices. Attendees will be encouraged to visit the web based content on their cell phones and laptops while the same experience is projected for the entire group. Then two volunteers will come forward to experience the same demo but on a VR headset that has 3 degrees of freedom, and then a VR headset that has 6 degrees of freedom.
The presentation moves on to a brief overview of the technology that makes generating these simple 3D experiences possible. It will show a live example of pulling down a 3D resource from the web and embedding it into a new web based activity. Here the goal is for the audience to see how approachable the experience is, even for hobbyist developers.
Next, A vision for a cross platform 3D learning and assessment system is shared. The audience will be taken through a high level explanation of how the system would be built and how this vision leverages research to give students a fun and effective way to learn. This vision will explain how 3D content embedded within online courses can be developed, delivered, and tied together across devices.
The vision is expanded upon leveraging concepts like the “Memory Palace” techniques and wave function collapse to show where we could be headed and the implications for education. Illustrated examples will be provided.
Finally, the session wraps up with a reflection on the earlier survey to assess if the presentation has altered anyone’s views. A question and answer session concludes the event.