Development of an Interactive Immersion Environment for Engendering Understanding about Nanotechnology: Concept, Construction, and Implementation
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, ISSN 1947-8518, E-ISSN 1947-8526, Vol. 5, no 2, 40-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The advent of nanoscientific applications in modern life is swiftly in progress. Nanoscale innovation comes with the pressing need to provide citizens and learners with scientific knowledge for judging the societal impact of nanotechnology. In rising to the challenge, this paper reports the developmental phase of a research agenda concerned with building and investigating a virtual environment for communicating nano-ideas. Methods involved elucidating core nano-principles through two purposefully contrasting nano “risk” and “benefit” scenarios for incorporation into an immersive system. The authors implemented the resulting 3D virtual architecture through an exploration of citizens’ and school students’ interaction with the virtual nanoworld. Findings suggest that users’ interactive experiences of conducting the two tasks based on gestural interaction with the system serve as a cognitive gateway for engendering nano-related understanding underpinning perceived hopes and fears and as a stimulating pedagogical basis from which to teach complex science concepts.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IGI Global, 2014. Vol. 5, no 2, 40-56 p.
Conceptual Learning, Immersive Virtual Environments, Interactive Gestures, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Education, Public Understanding
Didactics Learning Human Aspects of ICT Human Computer Interaction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113559DOI: 10.4018/ijvple.2014040104OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-113559DiVA: diva2:782872
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2011-5569