Study of Users’ Behaviour in Virtual Reality Environments

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Virtual Reality (VR) technology offers new options for the study, assessment and rehabilitation of cognitive/functional processes. The capacity of VR to create dynamic three-dimensional environment in which users’ behavioural responses can be recorded, offers assessment and rehabilitation options that are not available using traditional methods. Bearing in mind that the activities of students in school laboratories determine learning goals and methods, the aim of the study is the basic actions which comprise user behaviour within the virtual environment. Within the scenario, students are assessed for using the interface in achieving user objectives during visits in selected virtual environments while behaviour of student’s Avatars are collected in video files. Video analysis of high-priority characteristics leads to useful conclusions with regard to students’ virtual world behaviour and gender differences as well.

Keywords: Virtual Reality, Interaction, Video Analysis, Gender
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Study of Users’ Behaviour in Virtual Reality Environments

Ioannis Paliokas

Affiliation not supplied
Alexandroupolis, Greece

Ioannis G. PALIOKAS was born in 1974 in Thessaloniki. He received the Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineer (Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece, 1999) and a M.Sc. in Computer Science (New York Institute of Technology, New York, USA, 2003). Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in Democritus University of Thrace. His current research interests are on Exploratory Learning Environments, Distant Learning and Virtual Reality Applications in Education

Prof. Gerassimos Kekkeris

Associate Professor, Primary Education, Democritus University of Thrace
Alexandroupolis, Greece, Greece

Gerassimos T. Kekkeris is Associate Professor in the Department of Primary Education at Democritus University of Thrace. His research interests include applications of multimedia in aesthetic education, safety in Internet and distance education.

Keratso Georgiadou

Democritus University
Komotini, Greece

BSc Mathematiques University of Ioannina 1989, MSc in Gender Studies Aegean University Rhodes 2006, Phd candidate Democritus University Greece 2006-

Ref: T08P0191