Teaching Solar Energy Systems Design using Game-Based Virtual Reality

AlQallaf, N., Chen, X., Ge, Y., Khan, A., Zoha, A. , Hussain, S. and Ghannam, R. (2022) Teaching Solar Energy Systems Design using Game-Based Virtual Reality. In: IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON2022), Tunis, Tunisia, 28-31 Mar 2022, pp. 956-960. ISBN 9781665444347 (doi: 10.1109/EDUCON52537.2022.9766460)

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Education for sustainable development (ESD) is one of the key UN strategies, which aims to encourage the development of competencies such as critical thinking and decision making. To ensure that students benefit from this education, there is general consensus that teaching methods need to focus on experiential learning. This may be challenging during a pandemic, or when experimental resources are limited. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to showcase our approach in teaching solar energy systems design to higher education students using a game-based virtual reality approach. Our approach enables students to immerse themselves in a virtual environment, which is safe for both students and their teachers. The game consists of two levels, where students are invited to solve an energy-related task in two different homes. Based on user feedback, our interactive learning tool improved student awareness of solar energy systems and how they can be used to satisfy domestic energy demands.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Zoha, Dr Ahmed and Ge, Mr Yao and AlQallaf, Ms Noor and Khan, Ahsan Raza and Hussain, Dr Sajjad and Ghannam, Dr Rami
Authors: AlQallaf, N., Chen, X., Ge, Y., Khan, A., Zoha, A., Hussain, S., and Ghannam, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
ISBN:9781665444347
Published Online:11 May 2022
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