Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments
This work presents the design, development, and testing of 3D virtual laboratories for practice, specifically in undergraduate mechanical engineering laboratories. The 3D virtual laboratories, implemented under two virtual environments3DTV and Computer Automated Virtual Environment (CAVE)serve as pre-lab sessions performed before the actual physical laboratory experiment. The current study compares the influence of two instructional methods (conventional lecture-based and inquiry-based) under two virtual environments, and the results are compared with the pre-lab sessions using a traditional paper-based lab manual. Subsequently, the evaluation is done by conducting performance and quantitative assessments from students pre-and post-laboratory performances. The research results demonstrate that students in the virtual modules (3DTV and CAVE) performed significantly better in the actual physical experiment than the students in the control group in terms of the overall experiment familiarity and procedure and the conceptual knowledge associated with the experiment. 2015 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Original Publication Citation
Ren, S., McKenzie, F.D., Chaturvedi, S.K., Prabhakaran, R., Yoon, J., Katsioloudis, P.J., & Garcia, H. (2015). Design and comparison of immersive interactive learning and instructional techniques for 3D virtual laboratories. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 24(2), 93-112. doi: 10.1162/PRES_a_00221
Ren, Shuo; McKenzie, Frederic D.; Chaturvedi, Sushil K.; Prabhakaran, Ramamurthy; Yoon, Jaewan; Katsioloudis, Petros J.; and Garcia, Hector, "Design and Comparison of Immersive Interactive Learning and Instructional Techniques for 3D Virtual Laboratories" (2015). Modeling, Simulation & Visualization Engineering Faculty Publications. 2.