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ERIC Number: ED557287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISBN: 978-989-8704-08-5
Interactive Learning to Stimulate the Brain's Visual Center and to Enhance Memory Retention
Yun, Yang H.; Allen, Philip A.; Chaumpanich, Kritsakorn; Xiao, Yingcai
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Conference e-Learning 2014. Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (Lisbon, Portugal, Jul 15-19, 2014)
This short paper describes an ongoing NSF-funded project on enhancing science and engineering education using the latest technology. More specifically, the project aims at developing an interactive learning system with Microsoft Kinectâ„¢ and Unity3D game engine. This system promotes active, rather than passive, learning by employing embodied cognition with interactive visual/spatial information, in which human movements could impact a lasting effect on both the short-term episodic and long-term memories of students. Two groups of Biomedical Engineering students at The University of Akron participated in a study of the four educational modules (Cell, DNA, Immune System, and Gene Therapy) and were tested after the conclusion of each educational session. The preliminary results show a trend toward better performance with the system compared to traditional instruction in second-year college students. However, more studies with a larger group and with a younger population, such as K-12, need to be evaluated since these students have a less developed visuo-spatial sketchpad relative to the sophomores in college. [For full proceedings, see ED557189.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
Grant or Contract Numbers: ECC-1137052