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Journal for Geometry and Graphics 13 (2009), No. 1, 121--130
Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2009

Virtual and Real Geometry Learning Environments

Cornelie Leopold
University of Kaiserslautern, Dept. of Architecture, P.O.Box 3049, 67653 Kaiserslautern, Germany

In the Descriptive Geometry course in the winter semester 2007/08 we introduced the "Blackboard Learning System CE" through the Virtual Campus Rhineland-Palatinate as an e-tutoring tool. In this system we take advantage of multimedia technologies for communicating, sparking the interest of the students in geometry and supporting the spatial visualization processes in learning descriptive geometry. In such a way of blended learning, e-based materials and e-tutoring are combined with face-to-face sessions, lectures and labs. The e-learning system supports the students in their self-paced learning and in solving the homework assignments. Components in the system are for example: discussion forums and chat, summaries of each lecture in flash movies, hyperlinks as well as virtual models. In this paper the content of the e-learning system will be presented in the interactions with the face-to-face sessions. The use of the system and the effectiveness of the tools for the students' learning processes were evaluated at the end of the semester. The results of the evaluation will be presented and discussed.

Keywords: Blended learning, e-learning, virtual environments, geometry education, spatial visualization, 3D-modeling.

MSC: 51N05

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