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Virtual Reality in Education

Virtual Reality in Education
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Author(s): Nicoletta Sala (Academy of Architecture, Switzerland)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 3
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch280
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


Virtual reality (VR) is a technology which permits its users to become immersed in a computer generated virtual world. This paper presents some potential application of VR to education, in particular in two undergraduate courses of Mathematics (Mathematics 1 and Mathematics 5) at the Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio, Switzerland (University of Italian Switzerland). In our courses, we have organized the lectures using multimedia technologies, for example: scientific documentaries, hypermedia, 2D Computer Aided Design (CAD). To introduce the connections between mathematics, nature, and architecture we have also utilised some virtual objects, created using VRML (Virtual Reality Modelling Language). In our case, we have observed that virtual reality is not only an educational tool but it is introductory for a correct students’ background.

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