Telling the Story of Places: Experiential Learning through the Design and Development of Immersive Virtual Landscapes

Susan J. Bergeron, L. Jesse Rouse,

Abstract


The notion of a unique spatial narrative, a story of an individual experience in a virtual landscape, can be a powerful tool in bringing informatics to education. Learning by experience is an innate part of our world, and we can leverage those life skills to actively involve students by not only providing them with an immersive virtual environment that can be explored, but also by actively involving students in the process of designing and developing the virtual landscape and its content. By participating directly in the process of creating the elements that will tell the story of a place, students learn about that place as they actively participate in building the virtual landscape and its story.


Keywords


virtural landscapes; experiential learning; geography

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