Teaching safety precautions in a laboratory DVE: the effects of information location and interactivity

Zayas-Pérez, Benjamin and Cox, Richard (2009) Teaching safety precautions in a laboratory DVE: the effects of information location and interactivity. Computacion y Sistemas, 13 (1). pp. 96-110. ISSN 1405-5546

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Abstract

Information location and interactivity are two attributes of desktop virtual environment (DVE) design that can be exploited to enhance the ability of learners to acquire information and skills that transfer to real world. The term information location refers to the spatial relationship between linguistic information (text and sound) and virtual reality scenes. Interactivity refers to the actions by the learner that are afforded by the DVE (i.e. object manipulation, navigation, and user-system interaction). The effects of these attributes were assessed via pre, post, and retention measures of knowledge of laboratory precautions. Although no statistically significant difference was found, results indicate that co-located information produces a positive effect upon the learning and retention of declarative knowledge. However, interactivity appears to cause a detrimental effect on learning that depends on user-system activities and performance issues. An interesting finding is that co-located information encourages more extensive exploration of the DVE which, in turn, facilitates retention of spatial knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Richard Cox
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:14
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2012 11:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24933
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