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: https://doi.org/10.1111/gto.12116

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.

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