[SLED] Virtual reality, believability and the uncanny valley
iedbf at montana.edu
Wed Mar 21 15:58:49 PDT 2007
You are speaking of the "effectiveness as a learning environment".
Long before there was virtual reality, there was photography. Yet, we
still use drawings and diagrams in education in places where a
photograph could be used. And we do it on purpose. Sometimes the
photograph contains too much information. It can distract from the
message. Sometimes the photograph fails to highlight the key
elements. We use both photographs and diagrams, choosing the one
which seems to communicate better.
The immersive power of virtual environments will probably grow as
they become more photorealistic. But for effective learning, pulling
back a bit from that realism may be useful at times.
Bill Freese / Bill Friis
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