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The Effects of Spatial Presence on Learning Outcomes in Virtual Learning Environments
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, Texas A & M University, College Station, United States ; , Texas A&M University, College Station, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Virtual worlds like Second Life hold complex possibilities for creating instructional messages. Mayer’s multimedia learning theory (2001) and Spiro’s 1995 cognitive flexibility theory frame my proposal to compare learning outcomes achieved by students who use a VR tutorial with outcomes achieved by students who use a paper based version. In virtual reality, spatial presence is the sense of “being there” accomplished through graphics and interactivity. Interactivity is important in helping users build mental models and connect them to existing knowledge. My proposed research will study the effects of spatial presence in virtual reality on retention and transfer of learning.

Citation

Wood, N. & Cifuentes, L. (2009). The Effects of Spatial Presence on Learning Outcomes in Virtual Learning Environments. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 599-604). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 23, 2019 from .

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