StreamBED: Training Citizen Scientists to Make Qualitative Judgments Using Embodied Virtual Reality Training

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PubDate: Apr 2018

Teams: University of Maryland

Writers: Alina Striner, Jennifer Preece

PDF: StreamBED: Training Citizen Scientists to Make Qualitative Judgments Using Embodied Virtual Reality Training

Abstract

Environmental citizen science frequently relies on experience-based assessment, however volunteers are not trained to make qualitative judgments. Embodied learning in virtual reality (VR) has been explored as a way to train behavior, but has not fully been considered as a way to train judgment. This preliminary research explores embodied learning in VR through the design, evaluation, and redesign of StreamBED, a water quality monitoring training environment that teaches volunteers to make qualitative assessments by exploring, assessing and comparing virtual watersheds.

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