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Analysis of Users in an Immersive Environment for Teaching Science

Analysis of Users in an Immersive Environment for Teaching Science
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Author(s): Felipe Becker Nunes (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), Manuel Constantino Zunguze (Pedagogical University, Mozambique), Kelly Hannel (Military School of Porto Alegre, Brazil), Fabiano Ferreira Antunes (Military School of Porto Alegre, Brazil), Sérgio Roberto Kieling Franco (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) and José Valdeni De Lima (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 25
Source title: Virtual Reality in Education: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8179-6.ch001

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Abstract

Virtual worlds can be considered immersive e-learning environments, whose characteristics of interactivity, immersion, and collaboration can be applied in different areas of teaching, such as in the field of sciences. In this way, this chapter presents the construction of a virtual world to aid in the teaching of sciences in which different types of learning materials and simulations were developed in the OpenSim platform. A group of sixth grade students used the immersive environment for a semester, being evaluated their learning through a pre- and posttest applied together with an analysis of their learning styles, being realized a correlation between the results obtained. Added to this, usability assessments with interviews about the environment was applied. The results demonstrated the potential of virtual worlds to contribute to the adaptation of the different learning styles in a class and their contribution to the improvement of the learning process.

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