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Teachers Plan to Teach in 3D

12 May 2010 Hertfordshire, University of

Students will soon be able to experience the virtual world of 3D in the classroom owing to researchers in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

The study, ‘The Avatar Project’, has been commissioned by the EU and once it is complete, it will mean students will have access to an unprecedented learning experience. 3D technologies will bring subjects to life and will engage pupils and students in 3D virtual worlds by removing them from stereotypical learning environments.

Teaching staff will be trained to teach their students in 3D environments to give them a richer learning experience. The University of Hertfordshire has been pioneering the project with its own students and staff and by the end of the project in 2012 there will be 100 teachers across Europe able to teach to a high standard in virtual worlds.

David Lee, Realtime3D team, University of Hertfordshire, said: “As consumers we have seen 3D Cinema and 3D TV really take off in the past couple of years. As these 3D technologies become a more ubiquitous part of our entertainment, 3D worlds become a less daunting concept. Education technology will no doubt follow suit in using these innovative technologies that would have a real benefit to everyday lives.

“So far our research has shown that there is a desire from schools and universities to be able to offer an alternative method of teaching than standard text book methods, one which brings the classroom to life. We are hoping that one day virtual reality will become reality in all classrooms across the UK.”              

The next phase involves the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Southern Denmark building the virtual world which is due to finish at the end of June. The EU-funded project also involves universities from Italy, Bulgaria, Denmark, Spain, and Austria.

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