Envisioning 3D learning environments in environmental education: an exploration of the Konza Prairie

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dc.contributor.author Webb, Natalie
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-23T21:13:04Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-23T21:13:04Z
dc.date.issued 2015-04-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/19033
dc.description.abstract “There is an alarming gap between awareness and action on [environmental issues]” (Sheppard, 2005). Public awareness of how to cope and change with these issues is lacking (Sheppard, 2004; Nicholson-Cole, 2005; Dockerty et al., 2005), but new visualization technologies can begin to bridge the gap through environmental education. Environmental education focuses on the user exploring an environment, environmental issues, problem solving and ways to mitigate these issues. While the younger generations (middle to high school students) are much more aware of current and future environmental issues than older generations, the solutions to these problems may not be so apparent. By combining the need to educate young adults about climate change, regional ecosystem climate mitigation, and ecological management for technologically driven youth, middle and high school students can better understand their environment’s impact on climate-change regulation. Through literature synthesis, documentation of existing visualization exhibits and technologies, and preliminary technology exploration, a production process, criteria, framework, and technology recommendations were established. These components informed the final storyboards, which visually organized a proposal to build a 3D learning environment focused on the Konza Prairie and its ecological management practices. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Environmental education en_US
dc.subject 3D learning environment en_US
dc.subject Virtual reality en_US
dc.subject Ecological management en_US
dc.subject Konza Prairie en_US
dc.subject Oculus Rift en_US
dc.title Envisioning 3D learning environments in environmental education: an exploration of the Konza Prairie en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Howard D. Hahn en_US
dc.subject.umi Climate Change (0404) en_US
dc.subject.umi Design (0389) en_US
dc.subject.umi Environmental education (0442) en_US
dc.date.published 2015 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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