Study of Users’ Behaviour in Virtual Reality Environments

By Ioannis Paliokas, Gerassimos Kekkeris and Keratso Georgiadou.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Virtual Reality (VR) applications use multimedia content in a dynamic way to offer a first-hand experience with the information base and as socialized environments they allow social interaction among users. The today technological development let users to express themselves in a more complicate way than in the past and thus apply ‘behavior’ in virtual environments. In order to overcome drawbacks of interface functionality and to efficiently support multi-user capabilities in educational and entertainment software, designers need to study the user’s behavior in a matter of direct-objective actions. This study records coded actions that reflects behavior of students in typical multi-user VR applications active on the internet. The key-point was not to study the personal behavior of students but to examine the use of the interface as a set of available actions in achieving user objectives. The primary material consists of video files captured from computer screens of a school laboratory during navigation and communication activities. Based on selected data, the analysis comes to conclusion that the effectiveness of typical basic actions of VR environments is differentiated. In addition, gender appears to be an important factor when evaluating the degree of effectiveness and this is another issue to be taken into account during study of user models for VR.

Keywords: Virtual Reality, Interface Design, Interaction

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.121-132. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 739.615KB).

Ioannis Paliokas

University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece

Ioannis G. PALIOKAS was born in 1974 in Thessaloniki. He received the Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineer (Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece, 1999) and a M.Sc. in Computer Science (New York Institute of Technology, New York, USA, 2003). Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in Democritus University of Thrace. His current research interests are on Exploratory Learning Environments, Distant Learning and Virtual Reality Applications in Education

Prof. Gerassimos Kekkeris

Associate Professor, Primary Education, University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece

Gerassimos Kekkeris is associate professor in the Department of Primary Education at Democritus University of Thrace. His research interests include applications of multimedia in aesthetic education, safety in Internet and distance education.

Keratso Georgiadou

University of Thrace, Komotini, Greece

BSc Mathematiques University of Ioannina 1989, MSc in Gender Studies Aegean University Rhodes 2006, Phd candidate Democritus University Greece 2006-

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