Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2006

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

James Oliver

Abstract

The driving motivation behind the Virtual Storm is to provide students with a hands-on means to learning about severe weather. Hands-on experiences are considered an important teaching method. The Virtual Storm addresses the lack of hands-on experience in severe weather education through the use of computer graphics and virtual reality technology.;Formal user studies were used to determine the effectiveness of the Virtual Storm as a teaching tool. The study results did not show a measurable benefit of using the Virtual Storm. However, the user tests may not have captured the true value of the Virtual Storm since they focused on short-term retention, and the strengths of hands-on experience are generally thought to improve long-term retention rather than short-term recall. The level of engagement demonstrated by the participants suggests that the tool is still a useful compliment to the lecture.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-14258

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Galen William Faidley

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1439864

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

68 pages

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