Agent and Virtual Reality Course Delivery System in E-Learning
Christine Russell, Florida State College at Jacksonville, United States ; Mary Farwell, Deborah Ferrell, East Carolina University, United States ; Brown McFadden, Beaufort County Community College, United States ; Nasseh Tabrizi, East carolina University, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, NV, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-05-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
A virtual reality tool referred to as Agent and Virtual Reality (AVR) course delivery system was evaluated in the study. A preliminary study indicated that students rarely accessed AVR as a supplemental resource. Therefore, courses in math, technology, and networking with control (online AVR-only) and experimental (face-to-face (FTF) no AVR) sections of each were taught. A demographic survey with questions about previous online coursework and technology was administered to all students. Pre- and post-test surveys, identical for all sections of the same course, were used to determine learning gains. Students showed learning gains in all sections. Students in every AVR-only online section showed higher learning gains than those in non-AVR FTF courses. Taken all together, this study indicates that AVR is a successful tool that may lead to increases in learning outcomes. This is particularly true in those subjects in which the instructor uses a board to work problems.
Russell, C., Farwell, M., Ferrell, D., McFadden, B. & Tabrizi, N. (2013). Agent and Virtual Reality Course Delivery System in E-Learning. In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2013--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 217-225). Las Vegas, NV, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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