Using Immersive Virtual Reality As an Application for Knowledge Dissemination: A Framework for a Generic i-Teacher

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Teaching generic and subjectively interactive courses is a challenging task due to the abstract/discrete model of interaction and the commonly used teaching methodologies. Hence, classical teaching methods are becoming inadequately supportive of instructors in disseminating knowledge to students efficiently and effectively. We believe information technologies could lay a hand to overcome this challenge. IT promises the emergence of the era of i-teacher.

Different IT-based solutions could be suggested in the development of an i-teacher. Our proposal promotes the utilization of the technology of virtual reality. Our project starts with the development of a framework for a generic i-teacher that can be used to guide designing different systems supporting learning in different areas of knowledge. The framework defines a gaming environment supported by the technology of virtual reality and distinguished by a real-time feedback process resulting from embedding an evolutionary component.

Such framework is expected to facilitate the level of interaction between students and their instructor and among students themselves in a multi-hop cooperative/competitive networking environment. The evolutionary component will enable an i-teacher system to progressively move up levels of difficulty presenting to students new concepts upon their successful completion of the objectives in the lower level. The students are guided by a shared set of believes acquired through their social network. The simple and intuitive interface that the i-teacher system will provide is expected to significantly influence the learning process from the students’ perspective and the knowledge dissemination process from the instructors' perspective.

Keywords: Immersive Virtual Reality, Knowledge Dissemination, Evolutionary Computation, i-Teacher
Stream: Technology in Learning; Maths, Science and Technology Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Mostafa Ali

Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems
Computer Science, Jordan University of Science & Technology

Irbid, Irbid, Jordan

Mostafa Ali received the Bachelor Degree in Applied Mathematics at Jordan
University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, in 2000. He finished his Master’s in Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Michigan, USA in 2003. He finished his PhD in computer science at Wayne State University,
Michigan, USA in 2008. He is a professor of computer science at Jordan
University of Science and Technology. His research interests include artificial
intelligence, evolutionary computation, cultural algorithms, data mining, and
image processing. He is a member of the IEEE, the IEEE computer society, and the ACM. His personal homepage is:

Dr. Ayad Salhieh

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Irbid, Irbid, Jordan

Dr. Yaser Khamayseh

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Irbid, Irbid, Jordan

Dr. Rami Al-Gharaibeh

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Irbid, Irbid, Jordan

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