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Virtual field teaching has evolved: benefits of a 3D gaming environment

Argles, Tom; Minocha, Shailey and Burden, David (2015). Virtual field teaching has evolved: benefits of a 3D gaming environment. In: Geology Today, 31(6) pp. 222–226.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/gto.12116
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Abstract

Conceived as a means of fostering practical fieldwork skills for distance learning students at the Open University, Virtual Skiddaw represents a new breed of virtual field trip. Based in a 3D virtual world modelled on real topographic and geological data, the application offers multi-user functionality, opportunities for detailed observation and a wealth of interactive features. Far from replacing physical field courses, it is intended to complement, enhance, extend and provoke reflection on existing field teaching. However, such virtual field trips could prove ideal for introducing fieldwork, either at undergraduate level or in schools, and across a range of subject areas.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd, The Geologist's Association & The Geological Society of London
ISSN: 1365-2451
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory (RS-12-004-SS)PR/ylr/18587The Wolfson Foundation
Keywords: virtual field trip; Unity 3D; geology; distance education; multi-user; fieldwork; spatial literacy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 44881
Depositing User: Thomas Argles
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2015 09:30
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 10:33
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44881
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