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Developing a 3D virtual geology field trip in Unity 3D: reflection of our experiences

Minocha, Shailey (2014). Developing a 3D virtual geology field trip in Unity 3D: reflection of our experiences. In: Virtual Worlds - Best Practices in Education (VWBPE), Connections, 9-12 Apr 2014, Second Life and OS (OpenSimulator Grid).

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Abstract

As a part of The OpenScience Laboratory(<http://www.open.ac.uk/researchprojects/open-science/>), an initiative of The Open University, UK and The Wolfson Foundation, we have developed a 3D simulation of a Geology field trip (<https://learn5.open.ac.uk/course/format/sciencelab/section.php?name=skiddaw_1>), using the Unity 3D software (<https://unity3d.com/>). The learning activities within the 3D App are designed to mirror the experience of a real field trip. The design and development of the 3D App has involved people with diverse skills in a University environment while working closely with an external developer who brought in Unity and 3D modeling skills.

I will reflect on the design and development process and focus on: processes and technologies utilized for team-working (the university team and developers were not co-located); challenges faced by the educational researcher to ‘convince’ the team about moving to a 3D environment; gaps between the designer’s model and the developer’s perception of user interface design; integrating principles of user experience; controlling the ‘requirements-creep’; and the realization that many of the Second Life features can’t be replicated in Unity. At the end of my presentation, I will present a set of ‘guiding’ tips for colleagues who may be involved in the design and development of similar educational 3D projects. The 3D App is not yet available in the public domain. So, a couple of YouTube videos (each of 3-4 minutes long) will be demonstrated in-world during the presentation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Open University, UK
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Wolfson Open Science LaboratoryNot SetWolfson Foundation
Keywords: 3D virtual worlds; collaborative learning; immersion; 3D simulations; Second Life; Unity 3D; virtual field trip; virtual geology field trip
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 39743
Depositing User: Shailey Minocha
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 14:31
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:58
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/39743
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