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ERIC Number: EJ870426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0952-3987
"SMALLab": Virtual Geology Studies Using Embodied Learning with Motion, Sound, and Graphics
Johnson-Glenberg, Mina C.; Birchfield, David; Usyal, Sibel
Educational Media International, v46 n4 p267-280 Dec 2009
We present a new and innovative interface that allows the learner's body to move freely in a multimodal learning environment. The Situated Multimedia Arts Learning Laboratory ("SMALLab") uses 3D object tracking, real time graphics, and surround-sound to enhance embodied learning. Our hypothesis is that optimal learning and retention occur when learning is embodied, multiple modalities are recruited, and learners are allowed to be highly collaborative. We present two geology studies in a high school setting. In the layer cake scenario, students learned more after three days of building and discussing depositional layers in "SMALLab" than would be expected from a simple retest effect. In the contour mapping scenario, students learned significantly more after creating and discussing maps in the "SMALLab" environment for three days, compared with a group that received three days of regular instruction with hands-on projects. We contend that embodied, collaborative, virtual environments have much to offer STEM learners, and the learning gains transcend those that can be expected from more traditional classroom procedures. (Contains 2 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A