Share Paper: Towards a Psychological Model for Learning in Avatar-based Virtual Environments: How Important is Spatial Processing?

  1. Patricia Boechler, University of Alberta, Canada
  2. Heather Gautreau, University of Alberta, Canada
  3. Erik deJong, University of Alberta, Canada
  4. Peter Sterling, University of Alberta, Canada
Thursday, June 28 10:45 AM-11:15 AM Jordaan 2

Abstract: In this project, we investigated the relationships between the spatial arrangement of a 3D, avatar-based environment (linear, random and clustered), student individual differences and learning outcomes. After students completed pretest measures of perceived and demonstrated spatial skill as well as measures of computer experience, they completed a virtual environment learning activity with ten information stations. They then completed a multiple choice test to determine how well they retained the information. A multiple regression analysis showed that the clustered spatial arrangement was significantly related to higher learning outcomes over the linear or random arrangements. Regarding the students’ premeasured abilities, demonstrated spatial ...