Computerized simulations for introductory geography instruction: orienteering

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Virginia Tech

Computer-aided education (CAE) techniques offer good means of satisfying the need for laboratory instruction in geography. These techniques provide graphical manipulation of representations of geographical processes in a manner that stresses dynamic processes over static processes. This project focuses on the design and development of the Orienteering module. This is a surrogate travel program which shows the view one sees while moving through a mixed woods and fields area. This module uses Intel’s Digital Video Interactive (DVI) Technology to enhance the orienteering experience by providing a simulation of forward motion and a simulation of panoramic, seamless view at every location of the terrain. The student uses a compass presented on the screen to navigate across the terrain. The Orienteering module is one of the six computerized laboratory modules of project GeoSim, which is being developed to support introductory geography instruction.