Project: Learning in 3D Virtual Worlds, Enabling vAcademia in CAVE
Mikhail Fominykh
Norwegian University of Science and Te...
Enabling vAcademia in CAVE

Learning
Threshold Concepts

ReaCTor
IPT / CAVE

vAcademia
3D Virtual World
Enabling vAcademia in CAVE

Learning
Threshold Concepts
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
http://ntnu.no/

Re...
Enabling vAcademia in CAVE

Learning
Threshold Concepts
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
http://ntnu.no/

Re...
Enabling vAcademia in CAVE

Learning
Threshold Concepts
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
http://ntnu.no/

Re...
Theoretical grounding
Threshold Concepts: parts of a knowledge domain that is most difficult for the
learner to achieve*
•...
Technology: Cave Automatic Virtual Environments
Unconstrained moving + good field view
Technology: vAcademia
Multiuser environment + 3D virtual recording
3D Virtual Recording Step 1. Clicking the Recording button
3D Virtual Recording Step 2. Conducting Activity
3D Virtual Recording Step 3. Clicking the Stop button
3D Virtual Recording Step 4. Re-immersing into the activity
3D Virtual Recording Step 4. Re-immersing into the activity
Recorded trainee

Live trainee
General Motivation: Learning Threshold Concepts in 3D Virtual Worlds
ThriVE initiative
Threshold Concepts in Virtual Envir...
Specific Motivation: Enabling the Educational 3D Virtual World
vAcademia to work with the CAVE facility
The technical obje...
3D virtual recording in a CAVE: Scenario examples
•

Changing perspective
– Conducting/Recording a session in vAcademia as...
Hypothesis
Using the 3D recording feature of vAcademia in the CAVE could potentially reveal
patterns of (1) becoming aware...
TNA visit to UCL, UK
TNA Project 95: Learning in 3D Virtual Worlds, Enabling vAcademia in CAVE
Mikhail Fominykh
mikhail.fominykh@ntnu.no
Visionaire project learning in 3D virtual worlds, enabling vacademia in cave
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My invited presentation "Learning in 3D Virtual Worlds, enabling vAcademia in CAVE" at the VISIONAIR General Assembly and Open Forum. VISIONAIR is an EU project that provides Trans National Access (TNA) to visualization and virtual reality facilities in European universities.

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Visionaire project learning in 3D virtual worlds, enabling vacademia in cave

  1. 1. Project: Learning in 3D Virtual Worlds, Enabling vAcademia in CAVE Mikhail Fominykh Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway Project conducted at University College London, UK VisionAir Open Forum Poznan, Poland | February 4–6, 2014
  2. 2. Enabling vAcademia in CAVE Learning Threshold Concepts ReaCTor IPT / CAVE vAcademia 3D Virtual World
  3. 3. Enabling vAcademia in CAVE Learning Threshold Concepts Norwegian University of Science and Technology http://ntnu.no/ ReaCTor IPT / CAVE Virtual Environments & Computer Graphics Group University College London http://vecg.cs.ucl.ac.uk/ Molde University College http://himolde.no/ vAcademia 3D Virtual World vAcademia Multimedia Systems Laboratory Volga State University of Technology Virtual Spaces LLC http://mmlab.ru/ http://vacademia.com/
  4. 4. Enabling vAcademia in CAVE Learning Threshold Concepts Norwegian University of Science and Technology http://ntnu.no/ ReaCTor IPT / CAVE Virtual Environments & Computer Graphics Group University College London http://vecg.cs.ucl.ac.uk/ Molde University College http://himolde.no/ vAcademia 3D Virtual World vAcademia Multimedia Systems Laboratory Volga State University of Technology Virtual Spaces LLC http://mmlab.ru/ http://vacademia.com/
  5. 5. Enabling vAcademia in CAVE Learning Threshold Concepts Norwegian University of Science and Technology http://ntnu.no/ ReaCTor IPT / CAVE Virtual Environments & Computer Graphics Group University College London http://vecg.cs.ucl.ac.uk/ Molde University College http://himolde.no/ vAcademia 3D Virtual World vAcademia Multimedia Systems Laboratory Volga State University of Technology Virtual Spaces LLC http://mmlab.ru/ http://vacademia.com/
  6. 6. Theoretical grounding Threshold Concepts: parts of a knowledge domain that is most difficult for the learner to achieve* • How to ”think like an engineer/dentist/accountant”, the underlying game of a knowledge domain • Requires a transformation in the learner, an ”unlearning” process preceded by a state of liminality * Meyer, J.H.F., and Land, R. (2006) Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge: Issues of Liminality.
  7. 7. Technology: Cave Automatic Virtual Environments Unconstrained moving + good field view
  8. 8. Technology: vAcademia Multiuser environment + 3D virtual recording
  9. 9. 3D Virtual Recording Step 1. Clicking the Recording button
  10. 10. 3D Virtual Recording Step 2. Conducting Activity
  11. 11. 3D Virtual Recording Step 3. Clicking the Stop button
  12. 12. 3D Virtual Recording Step 4. Re-immersing into the activity
  13. 13. 3D Virtual Recording Step 4. Re-immersing into the activity Recorded trainee Live trainee
  14. 14. General Motivation: Learning Threshold Concepts in 3D Virtual Worlds ThriVE initiative Threshold Concepts in Virtual Environments for Creativity and Learning (work in progress)
  15. 15. Specific Motivation: Enabling the Educational 3D Virtual World vAcademia to work with the CAVE facility The technical objective: explore the possibilities of an educational virtual world accessed through a CAVE interface The research objective: explore new ways of learning that stimulate and enhance the potential of human creativity The prototype design should consist of two development elements • Implementation of learning scenarios involving ‘Threshold Concepts’ • Integration of the capability of 3D virtual recording to be functional between CAVE and vAcademia
  16. 16. 3D virtual recording in a CAVE: Scenario examples • Changing perspective – Conducting/Recording a session in vAcademia as a single user accessing via CAVE – Re-immersing into the recorded session as a group via desktop to discuss it • Learning from reflection – Conducting/Recording a session in vAcademia with one user accessing via CAVE (+ possibly multiple users via desktop) – Re-immersing into the recorded session via CAVE to observe you own actions
  17. 17. Hypothesis Using the 3D recording feature of vAcademia in the CAVE could potentially reveal patterns of (1) becoming aware of one's own reflective learning patterns and (2) deciding to use them consciously Method Sequential interviews have been found to reveal this pattern*. The effect on learning of being able to replay one’s life-size avatar representation and see one’s previous actions would be investigated. * Boyd E.M., Fales A.W.: Reflective Learning: Key to Learning from Experience. Journal of Humanistic Psychology 23 (2):99–117, (1983)
  18. 18. TNA visit to UCL, UK
  19. 19. TNA Project 95: Learning in 3D Virtual Worlds, Enabling vAcademia in CAVE Mikhail Fominykh mikhail.fominykh@ntnu.no

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