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The ‘Touching Creativity’: a proof of concept project

Project leader(s): 
Lisa Bowers
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Archived

Virtual reality (VR) is becoming an increasingly popular tool to stimulate learning in new and varied ways. However, often VR landscapes use is limited to two sensory channels e.g. sight and sound. This limitation creates barriers to learning for sight impaired students. The Open University (OU) has a history of designing accessible teaching and learning materials for all. However it was recognised, by the project leader, that OU sight impaired design students are limited to interacting with hands-on learning materials via a single sense e.g. sound.

This project hypotheses that through the inclusion of haptic VR learning tools, OU students with sight impairments, can be facilitated to better access of VR teaching tools. Thereby through this project the OU would be able to facilitate a wider sensory access to appropriate teaching and learning VR materials, and maintain a ‘student first’ approach.

Related resources

Bowers, L. (2018) The ‘Touching Creativity’: a proof of concept project. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Bowers, L., Braithwaite, N., Hayle, R., Amirabdollahian, F. and Jefferies, A. (2018) Haptic Prototype Assembly Tool for Non-Sighted, Visually Impaired and Fully Sighted Design Students, Studying at a Distance. Paper submitted to the Eurohaptics Conference 2018 (PDF)

Bowers, L., Braithwaite, N., Hayle, R. and Amirabdollahian, F. (2018) Haptic Prototype Assembly Tool for Non-Sighted, Visually Impaired and Fully Sighted Design Students, Studying at a Distance. Abstract submitted to the 7th eSTEeM Annual Conference, 25-26 April, The Open University (PDF)  

Bowers poster (PDF)

Scholarship Series - video highlighting Lisa's eSTEeM project and the use of haptic virtual reality learning tools.

Video length: 9 mins 11 secs

 

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