The Virtual Research Arena: Presenting Research in 3D Virtual Environments paper written by Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland and Mikhail Fominykh won the Outstanding Paper Award at the 2nd Global Conference on Learning and Technology (Global Learn Asia Pacific) in Melbourne, Australia.
In their project Ekaterina and Mikhail have explored the visualization of research in an innovative way. They present research projects to audiences by involving them in both a online virtual 3D environment and in the real world. By using their Virtual Research Arena as a framework, they engage the general public to spark their interest for research and education.
The paper presented the initial results from a case study where the framework was applied. The case study took place at the first Virtual Science Fair in Trondheim, and in the TDT4245 Cooperation Technology course at our department.
The collected data was analyzed to explore the challenges associated with the technological, educational, social aspects of using 3D Collaborative Virtual Environments for visualizing research projects and promoting research to the general public.
NTNU Virtual Campus at Science Fair (IDI News)