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Virtual Reality Enhanced Online Learning Environments as a Substitute for Classroom Instruction

[+] Author Affiliations
Hatem M. Wasfy, Jeanne M. Peters

Advanced Science and Automation Corp., Hampton, VA

Tamer M. Wasfy

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Riham M. Mahfouz

Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, VA

Paper No. DETC2011-48826, pp. 1581-1588; 8 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 31st Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5479-2
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


In this paper we present the main features of a virtual-reality enhanced online learning environment that can be used to deliver fully automated online courses with an ultimate goal of substituting traditional classroom instruction for many science, technology, engineering and math courses. The learning environment incorporates a high level of interactivity that will make the student an active participant in the learning experience, rather than a passive spectator. Virtual-reality is seamlessly integrated in order to simulate lab experiments, scientific instruments and/or industrial equipment. This will help bridge the gap between real world experience and online learning. The learning environment is illustrated using recently developed online courses for freshman university Physics, welding, CNC machining, and centrifugal pump maintenance.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Virtual reality



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