Rejuvenation island: enriching the learning journey through immersion in virtual restorative environments

Farley, Helen, Jones, Janice K. and Murphy, Angela (2012). Rejuvenation island: enriching the learning journey through immersion in virtual restorative environments. In: M. Brown, M. Hartnett and T. Stewart, 29th Annual ascilite Conference 2012 (ascilite2012). 29th Annual ascilite Conference 2012 (ascilite2012), Wellington, New Zealand, (312-314). 25-28 November 2012.

Author Farley, Helen
Jones, Janice K.
Murphy, Angela
Title of paper Rejuvenation island: enriching the learning journey through immersion in virtual restorative environments
Conference name 29th Annual ascilite Conference 2012 (ascilite2012)
Conference location Wellington, New Zealand
Conference dates 25-28 November 2012
Convener Mark Brown
Proceedings title 29th Annual ascilite Conference 2012 (ascilite2012)
Place of Publication Wellington, New Zealand
Publisher Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite)
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Poster
ISBN 9780473229894
Editor M. Brown
M. Hartnett
T. Stewart
Start page 312
End page 314
Total pages 3
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Immersive natural environments provide a means of restoration for adults and may present benefits for pre-service teachers who are unfamiliar with the natural world. The use of restorative virtual environments could be extended to schools in urban areas in particular, allowing pupils and their teachers to undertake field trips, and to relax in a calming and restorative context. This paper reports on a project that investigates the potential restorative benefits of immersion in simulated natural environments in virtual worlds. A cohort of pre-service teachers were taken into the simulated environment and reported that the island produced strong positive feelings in respondents, akin to being in a natural environment. However, it was also clear that a lack of familiarity with virtual environments diminishes the beneficial impacts of this immersion.
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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