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Title: Co-operative learning in a Virtual Reality Environment (VRE) through idea generation: a pilot study from Iceland
Authors: Thorsteinsson, Gisli
Keywords: Idea generation
Virtual Reality Environment
Multiple communication
Co-operative idea generation
Co-operative learning
User interface
Remote observation
Screen captured videos
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © The Design and Technology Association
Citation: THORSTEINSSON, G., 2009. Co-operative learning in a Virtual Reality Environment (VRE) through idea generation: a pilot study from Iceland. IN: Norman, E. and Spendlove, D. (eds). The Design and Technology Association International Research Conference 2009. [Loughborough University, 30 June - 2nd July]. Wellesbourne : The Design and Technology Association, pp. 93-102
Abstract: A pilot study was undertaken in an Icelandic elementary school, using a Virtual Reality Environment (VRE) to facilitate co-operative idea generation within the context of the classroom; this technology supports online communications and enables students to develop drawings and descriptions of their solutions. The VRE was connected to the Internet, and students worked both online and face-to-face during the lesson. The aim was to explore the ways in which idea generation was developed in students during their work; the produced data was qualitative and analysis based on grounded theory principles and an interpretive paradigm. Three data instruments were used to enable triangulation: observation, screen captured videos and the teacher’s logbook. Also, using remote observation software allowed the collation of a rich record of actual computer work activity in its natural work setting. A qualitative and inductive methodology, developed by Glaser and Strauss (1967), was used to analyze the data. The researcher based his research around the following questions: 1. How could collaborative idea generation be incorporated within the VRE? 2. How does this relate to teaching and learning within the lesson? 3. How do communications during the lesson support students’ work?
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5097
ISBN: 1898788855
Appears in Collections:D&T Association Conference Series

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