Project Summary

The ALIVE project provides a solution that combines the benefits of online (or, better said distance) education with traditional face to face classroom teaching.

Through virtual reality and the 3D world, it enables the teacher to conduct distance learning - in virtual reality - but at the same time to be in direct contact with their pupils as if they were in their own classroom. A significant advantage is the potential of digital technologies for an interesting form of knowledge presentation.

The main aim

of the project is twofold:
To assist pupils

in better studying and learning biology with the utilization of new educational technologies.

To help the teachers

to educate pupils in both situations - in an attractive way during their face-to-face lessons as well in the situation when they cannot participate personally in the classroom.

Specifically, a 3D virtual reality educational environment has been developed possessing innovative educational infrastructure, and offering immersive and efficient learning opportunities, engaging students in various educational activities, learning scenarios and offering students an attractive, entertaining and efficient way to learn various topics of the challenging domain of biology/natural sciences. The pupils have the ability to virtually visit living labs, immerse into the cell or travel through photosynthesis cycle, perform experiments, explore procedures and phenomena, examine the ways that are conducted and also be guided towards analysing and explaining them through the scientific method.
The virtual educational environment and the living labs have been designed in a way that supports pupils to form appropriate mental models of involved concepts, by visualizing them and allowing interactions with the real-life phenomena and processes. When pupils learn new abstract concepts, it is quite hard without appropriate connection to concrete examples. The 3D virtual reality educational environment and the visualization of procedures aim to help pupils connect abstract concepts and procedures to concrete experiences and examples. Indeed, one of the most vital and promising affordances of the 3D virtual environment is to provide spatial instruction. Also, by teaching the students to study in 3D virtual reality and by using visualization techniques their spatial cognition can be enhanced.
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