Computer-simulated environment for training : challenge of efficacy evaluation
Jia, Dawei, Bhatti, Asim and Nahavandi, Saeid 2008, Computer-simulated environment for training : challenge of efficacy evaluation, in SimTecT 2008 : Simulation - Maximising Organisational Benefits Conference Proceedings, Simulation Industry Association of Australia, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 275-279.
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Computer-assisted instruction has been around for decades. There has been much speculation about the benefits of computer-mediated learning. Numerous applications have been developed in different domains incorporated with emerging technologies. In recently years, advanced technologies, such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), have received much attention in their potential of creating interactive learning experience for the users. However, related literature and empirical studies indicated that learning effects in computer-simulated environments or Virtual Environments (VEs) are not systematically tested. Furthermore, the performance and learning in computer-simulated learning environment need to be evaluated through more rigorous methods. This paper suggests that 1) the efficacy of VEs is subject to a close examination, not only in terms of how VE-based training systems are easy of use, but also in terms of how effective learning is; 2) evaluation of learning in computer simulated learning environments is required to be reconsidered in terms of theoretical basis and evaluation methodologies that are relevant to the measurement of training effectiveness in computer-simulated virtual learning environment. This paper explains on how learning can be assessed in VEs through the lens of training evaluation.
Field of Research
080602 Computer-Human Interaction
Socio Economic Objective
970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category
E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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