Help! I’ve been caught in an immersive 3D Learning Environment! Oh wait, this is just my office. I guess the book, Learning in 3D, has kind of rewired my brain. I’m sure this is an improvement.
According to the authors, Karl Kapp and Tony O’Driscoll, it’s just a matter of time until virtual immersive environments are commonly accepted as the learning mode of choice. So when 3D Learning invades your organization, will you be able to design or facilitate this type of experience?
If you understand the cognitive advantages underlying this approach, you’ll be way ahead of the game.
When Kapp and O’Driscoll refer to a 3D learning experience (3DLE), they’re talking about a rich interactive space in which the learner lives and interacts in real-time within an immersive virtual environment and community. The learners might collaborate to solve a problem, accomplish a task or overcome a challenge.
You may be surprised at the ways learning can potentially be transformed when people are engaged in a virtual immersive environment. Here are some of the key advantages to this approach that the authors highlight.
In a well-designed 3DLE, learning is transformed from a one-dimensional, directed and managed activity to a multi-dimensional collaborative activity. Learning is generative as it emerges from a participatory experience. Through this approach, peer-to-peer learners or a group of learners create shared meaning together.
Power of Being There
Learning in a virtual world creates the visceral effect of being present in that environment. This has the potential for increasing learning transfer because applying knowledge is more powerful than simply knowing something.
Accomplishing a series of tasks in a virtual environment creates an ideal learning experience. It connects the “visual and mental cues that make the recall and application of the learning” more effective.
Promotes Informal Learning
By now we’ve all heard that the majority of one’s learning occurs informally. Whether it’s related to work, recreation or personal development, an immersive environment can be designed for creating the appropriate context and conditions for informal teaching moments. As in real life, the learning experience will depend on the knowledge and skills of the learner.
One might imagine a 3DLE where avatars run wild and nothing is accomplished. Not so. The effective 3DLE is designed to provide guidance as learners engage in discovery activities that facilitate the learning goals of the experience. Because individuals enter the experience at different levels, the guidance they are offered will naturally vary.
Ultimately, effective learning is dependent on creating experiences that facilitate the learner’s cognitive processing. Learning in an immersive environment appears to have many advantages, but these will only be achieved if the designer uses new paradigms to match this innovative approach.
What are the advantages or disadvantages to learning in a 3D Virtual Environment from your perspective?
Buy Learning in 3D from Wiley: Get a 20% discount. Use code L3D1 at the shopping cart.
Learning in 3D Site: Go to the book website to learn more.
Slideshare Presentation: Learning in 3D Thought Leader webinar.
Karl Kapp’s Resources: Good list of resources for 3DLE.
Tony O’Driscoll’s Nuggets: Get nuggets from the book here.
Buy from Amazon: Learning in 3D.
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