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ERIC Number: EJ872925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1096-7516
The Haptic Paradigm in Education: Challenges and Case Studies
Hamza-Lup, Felix G.; Stanescu, Ioana A.
Internet and Higher Education, v13 n1-2 p78-81 Jan 2010
The process of learning involves interaction with the learning environment through our five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste). Until recently, distance education focused only on the first two of those senses, sight and sound. Internet-based learning environments are predominantly visual with auditory components. With the advent of haptic technology we can now simulate/generate forces and, as a result, the sense of touch. The gaming industry has promoted the "touch" on the "wire," allowing complex multimodal interactions online. In this article we provide a brief overview of the evolution of haptic technology, its potential for education, and existing challenges. We review recent data on 21st century students' behaviors, and share our experiences in designing interactive haptic environments for education. From the "Community of Inquiry" framework perspective, we discuss the potential impact of haptic feedback on cognitive and social presence. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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