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INFORMATICS IN EDUCATION

ISSN 1648-5831

© Vilnius University Institute of Mathematics and Informatics

2016, Vol. 15, No. 2
pp. 287-317

DOI: 10.15388/infedu.2016.15

Empowering Students to Create Better Virtual Reality Applications: A Longitudinal Study of a VR Capstone Course

Tuukka M. TAKALA, Lauri MALMI, Roberto PUGLIESE, Tapio TAKALA

Department of Computer Science, Aalto University, Finland

Abstract

In this paper we present our experiences of teaching an annually organized virtual reality (VR) capstone course. We review three iterations of the course, during which a total of 45 students completed the course and 16 VR applications were implemented. Our comparative analysis describes the students' evaluation of the course, the applications created by them, and their development experiences. The results suggest that our gradual improvements on the course and the utilized software paid off, as the latest of the compared course iterations produced the best feedback and the highest quality VR applications. Our learning assessment analysis reveals that our course is effective in teaching VR application development and having students meet their personal learning goals. We also bring forward our RUIS toolkit that was used in the course with success, and present evidence on how better software toolkits can affect the development experience and allow students to create more impressive applications. Finally we share the lessons learned during five years of teaching the course, introducing several practical considerations for VR course organizers regarding pedagogics, software, and hardware.

Keywords:

virtual reality, 3D user interface, project course, computer science education, software toolkit.




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