Touching artefacts in an ancient world on a browser-based platform
Arnab, S., Petridis, P., Dunwell, I. and de Freitas, S. (2010) Touching artefacts in an ancient world on a browser-based platform. In: IADIS International Conference on Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision and Image Processing, CGVCVIP 2010, Visual Commun., VC 2010, Web3DW 2010, Part of the MCCSIS 2010, 27 - 29 July, Freiburg, Germany pp. 478-482.
Innovations in teaching and learning process are influenced by the rapid emergence of a knowledge society and tremendous growth in demands for highly informed and educated individuals. Various kinds of computer-based learning systems have already been integrated into conventional teaching methods. However, there is a pressing need to provide a more accessible and immersive learning environment in order to increase learners' receptiveness towards the learning process. Complete involvement of learners in their learning environment will promote better absorptions of knowledge via experiential and exploratory pedagogies. In tandem with such pedagogic approaches, this paper discusses the deployment of tactile perception to complement virtual artefacts within the domain of cultural heritage. By stimulating visual and tactile perceptions, the learners' engagement and interest can be sustained. Towards enhancing accessibility to a wider demography in a more cost-effective manner, web technologies provide a platform that is widely available for mass consumption. The development capitalises on the fact that the majority of UK households have access to computers and internet.
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