A Virtual Reality Application for Distance Learning of the Earthquake in Taiwan

F.-C. Li (Taiwan), J. Angelier, B. Deffontaines (France), C.-F. Yieng, and C.L. Ming (Taiwan)


Virtual Reality (VR)Distance Learning (DL) Earthquake


The purpose of this study is to develop a distance learning program based on virtual reality (hereafter: VR). The earthquake in Taiwan is chosen as a case study of interactive VR distance learning (hereafter: DL). This earthquake has been attracted worldwide attention and is regarded as a good example for geosciences education. The Chi-Chi earthquake was the largest inland earthquake to occur in Taiwan in the twentieth century. It inflicted severe damage in central western Taiwan: the excited strong shaking projected impact at cities as far as 150 km away and destroyed several high-rise buildings in the Taipei basin. This study integrates various sources to develop an interactive VR distance-learning program. This research is aimed to help motivate learners with concrete information that is perceptually easy to process or to understand that Taiwan is one of with a high earthquake area in the world. Also, in the VR distance learning environment unlike the traditional classroom, each student can learn individually with the computer according to his/her own time, location, and pace.

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