Place-based learning through a proxy - Variations in the perceived benefits of a virtual tour

Jan Oliver Wallgrun, Eric Knapp, Alan Taylor, Alexander Klippel, Jiayan Zhao, Pejman Sajjadi

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Abstract

Place-based and fieldwork learning play a key role in higher education in environmental sciences and other geospatial disciplines. We report on a study in which we evaluated a web-based virtual tour application for teaching natural resource management in fire-prone western forests in two undergraduate classes. The virtual tour uses 360°-image-based virtual scenes and pre-recorded audio commentary by a domain expert to lead participants through the Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest where forest treatments were implemented to reduce fire hazard. We present results from assessing students' overall perception of the virtual tour, their views towards its application in undergraduate education, and their feedback for improving the design of future virtual tours. Furthermore, we discuss the collected data from the perspective of gender differences and differences in familiarity with the topic of the tour.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2021 7th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2021
EditorsDaphne Economou, Anasol Pena-Rios, Andreas Dengel, Heather Dodds, Markos Mentzelopoulos, Alexander Klippel, Kai Erenli, Mark J. W. Lee, Jonathon Richter
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781734899528
DOIs
StatePublished - May 17 2021
Event7th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: May 17 2021Jun 10 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2021 7th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2021

Conference

Conference7th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period5/17/216/10/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Media Technology
  • Education

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