“Virtual Reality for Ecosystem Dynamics Education” by Arns, Brisbin, Holland and Foldes

  • ©Laura Arns, Matt Brisbin, Jeffery D. Holland, and David Foldes

  • ©Laura Arns, Matt Brisbin, Jeffery D. Holland, and David Foldes

  • ©Laura Arns, Matt Brisbin, Jeffery D. Holland, and David Foldes

  • ©Laura Arns, Matt Brisbin, Jeffery D. Holland, and David Foldes

  • ©Laura Arns, Matt Brisbin, Jeffery D. Holland, and David Foldes

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    Virtual Reality for Ecosystem Dynamics Education

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    This paper describes an immersive interactive virtual environment created to educate students about ecosystem dynamics. Traditional tools and methods for teaching theories regarding these dynamics use 2D static images that cannot adequately display to students the complex nature of the interactions taking place in the ecosystem, making it difficult to understand the underlying theory. An immersive interactive environment can help overcome these difficulties by allowing students to view a 3D simulation and interact with it in real-time to understand the effects of changes to the ecosystem.


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