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Designing a VR Interaction Authoring Tool using Constructivist Practices

Winterbottom, Cara and Edwin Blake (2004) Designing a VR Interaction Authoring Tool using Constructivist Practices. In Spencer, Stephen, Eds. Proceedings 3rd International Conference on Virtual Reality, Computer Graphics, Visualization and Interaction in Africa, pages 67-71, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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Abstract

This paper describes the process of designing an authoring tool for virtual environments, using constructivist principles. The focus of the tool is on helping novice designers without coding experience to conceptualise and visualise the interactions of the virtual environment. According to constructivism, knowledge is constructed by people through interactions with their social and physical environments. Major aspects of this theory are explored, such as multiple representations, reflexivity, exploration, scaffolding and user control. Its practical application to the design of the tool is then described.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:constructivism, VR, interaction
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.5 INFORMATION INTERFACES AND PRESENTATION
I Computing Methodologies: I.0 GENERAL
ID Code:192
Deposited By:Winterbottom, Cara B
Deposited On:25 November 2004
Alternative Locations:http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1029949.1029961