Experiential mixed reality learning environments for design education

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    Wang, Xiangyu
    2007 Conference Papers
    Built Environment


Abstract: Nowadays, it is becoming more and more popular for teaching and learning to be supported in
technology-supported settings and these digital technologies lead to new instructional methods. Mixed
Reality (MR) technology can create an innovative and seamless learning space by merging computergenerated
elements of virtuality into a real space. It is envisaged that combination of real and virtual media
opens new perspectives for teaching and learning. There are ranges of visualization modes embraced by
the broad concept of MR, among which two major modes are Augmented Reality and Augmented
Virtuality. Different cognitive and social-learning processes are involved with learning supported by these
technology modes. This paper develops a framework/taxonomy for designing and implementing Mixed
Reality learning environments (MRLEs) to improve the pedagogical effectiveness of learning processes in
design education. This framework involves three major dimensions: Mixed Reality technology modes,
learning styles and interaction modality. As a case study of this taxonomy, urban design education was
chosen to illustrate the potentials of MR-supported learning spaces.


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