Um Ambiente Virtual de Aprendizagem de Baixo Custo para o Ensino de Circuitos Elétricos (An Virtual Environment Learning of Low Cost for the Instruction of Electric Circuits)

Paula Teixeira Nakamoto (paula@iftriangulo.edu.br)1, Alexandre Cardoso (alexandre@ufu.br)2, Edgard Lamounier (lamounier@ufu.br)2, Elise Barbosa Mendes (elise@ufu.br)2, Eduardo Takahaschi (ektakahashi@ufu.br)2, Gilberto Arantes Carrijo (gilberto@ufu.br)2


1Instituto Federal do Triangulo Mineiro
2Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: Dec. 2010
Volume: 8,   Issue: 6 
ISSN: 1548-0992


Abstract:
In recent years, a proliferation of learning environments has been observed, with positive impacts at the construction of learning. This paper presents a virtual learning environment intended for the teaching of physics in the field of electrical circuits, for high school students. The motivation of this work concerns the small access that these students have the laboratories of this discipline in their schools. Using virtual reality techniques, based on Internet technology, the system simulates a virtual environment for physics experiments, with a low computational cost and financial. In addition, to ensure an educational sustainable environment, the paradigm of conceptual maps was used to help students to organize and adapt the concepts worked. The article highlights the development strategy of the system, presents an application of the laboratory in the creation/analysis of electrical circuits and presents the evaluation of the system.

Index Terms:
Virtual Reality, Conceptual Maps, Physics Education, Distance Education.   


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