Effects of Information Location in Learning Factual Information in a 3D Environment

B.Z. Pérez (Mexico) and R. Cox (UK)


Virtual reality, desktop virtual environments, information location, learning and retention of knowledge.


The purpose of the study reported in this paper was to investigate the effect of two forms of presenting verbal information (co-located and non co-located) on learning and retention of knowledge in a desktop virtual environment. Co-located information refers to the spatial relationship between linguistic information (text and sound) and virtual reality objects. The effects of co located information were assessed via post and retention measures of knowledge of factual information in the virtual environment. The desktop virtual environment (DVE) was designed for training students about safety in chemistry laboratories. Results indicate a tendency for co located information to produce improved retention of declarative knowledge.

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