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The potential for haptic-enabled interaction to support collaborative learning in school biology

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Webb, M., Tracey, M., Harwin, W., Tokatli, O., Hwang, F., Johnson, R., Barrett, N. and Jones, C. (2017) The potential for haptic-enabled interaction to support collaborative learning in school biology. In: Resta , P. and Smith, S. (eds.) Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2017. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake VA, pp. 927-935. ISBN 9781939797278

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This paper discusses the rationales and design considerations for developing the use of haptics (virtual touch) for learning aspects of cell biology in secondary schools. The paper considers issues in understanding concepts in cell biology and how a 3-D environment enabled by haptics could support learning of difficult concepts. In this endeavour, a number of educational and design challenges need to be addressed. First we need to identify the level of detail and realism that will support learning and visualisation rather than confuse through its overcomplexity or create misconceptions through oversimplification. Secondly we need to integrate the use of the 3-D environment into classroom teaching by identifying relevant curriculum and pedagogical challenges and solutions. Significant design challenges include navigating the content and scale changes involved in moving between the visible, microscopic and nanoscale in an intuitive and realistic way and enabling collaborative learning.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR)
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Department of Bio-Engineering
ID Code:69937
Publisher:Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

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