Fieldscapes – Creating and Evaluating a 3D Virtual Field Trip System

Burden, D.J.H.; Argles, T.; Minocha, S.; Rock, J.; Tilling, S. and Wheeler, P. (2017). Fieldscapes – Creating and Evaluating a 3D Virtual Field Trip System. In: iLRN 2017 Coimbra: Workshop, Long and Short Paper, and Poster Proceedings from the Third Immersive Learning Research Network Conference (Beck, Dennis; Allison, Colin; Morgado, Leonel; Pirker, Johanna; Khosmood, Foaad; Richter, Jonathon and Gütl, Christian eds.), Immersive Learning Research Network, pp. 18–29.



This paper describes the concept of the virtual field trip and presents a taxonomy of virtual field trip approaches. Building on the Virtual Skiddaw project between Daden Limited and The Open University, UK, the Innovate UK-funded 'Virtual Field trips as a Service project' is described. The resulting Fieldscapes system is then presented, along with how it addresses the technical, pedagogical and commercial challenges of creating a virtual field trip system. This is followed by an initial evaluation of the system, and areas for future development and research are identified.

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