THORSTEINSSON, G. and DENTON, H.G., 2007. A discussion of constructivist learning in relation to the development of ideation using a Virtual Reality Learning Environment for Innovation Education in Iceland. IN: E-learning in Science and Design and Technology : Proceedings of IDATER on-line conference 2005 - 2006. Loughborough : Loughborough University, pp. 62-77
Innovation Education (IE) is a new subject area in Icelandic schools. The aim of the
subject is to train students to identify needs and problems in their environment and to
develop solutions: a process of ideation. This activity has been classroom based but
now a Virtual Reality Learning Environment technology (VRLE) has been designed to
support ideation. This technology supports online communications between students
and teacher and enables them to develop drawings and descriptions of their solutions.
The VRLE is network based and the students work online in the school with their ideas
in real time.
As this learning environment is new it is important to explore and evaluate its use and
value. This paper describes the basic IE pedagogical model and the subsequent
development of the VRLE. These are discussed in relation to constructivist learning
theories. The paper also contains contemplation about future research to develop the
pedagogical understanding for using VRLE to support the development of ideation skills
inside of the innovation process.