The Tree of Knowledge Project: Organic Designs as Virtual Learning Spaces
Dean A. F. Gui and
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Dean A. F. Gui: English Language Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, China
Gigi AuYeung: English Language Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, China
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE), 2013, vol. 4, issue 2, 85-106
The virtual Department of English at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, also known as the Tree of Knowledge, is a project premised upon using ecology and organic forms to promote language learning in Second Life (SL). Inspired by Salmonâ€™s (2010) Tree of Learning concept this study examines how an interactive ecological environment â€“ in this case, a tree â€“ might offer numerous learning possibilities via every segment of the structure. Third-party billboard and sculpt modeling techniques, SL building tools and mega prim applications (which are more effective for organic shapes) were used to develop a three dimensional textured trunk, two-faced layered leaves and size-locked branches, crown, and roots. Preliminary student survey responses to the various elements of the virtual department architecture included an appreciation for creativity, innovation, and attractiveness in the design; challenges included a sense of dizziness when maneuvering around, difficulty in controlling the avatar, slow computer system responses, and lack of instruction in how to navigate through the structure.
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