Learning Sustainable Development using Game Based Virtual Reality

AlQallaf, N., Chen, X., Hussain, S. and Ghannam, R. (2021) Learning Sustainable Development using Game Based Virtual Reality. 3rd IEEE UK&I YP Postgrad STEM Research Symposium, 10th November 2021.

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Education for sustainable development (ESD) is one of the key UN development strategies, which aims to encourage countries integrate its teaching and learning in their curricula, since it promotes competencies like “critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way” [1]. To ensure that students benefit from this education, there is general consensus that teaching methods need to focus on collaborative [2] and experiential learning [3]. This can be challenging to achieve during a pandemic, or in countries with transitional economies [4]. Since Glasgow has received global recognition as a sustainable city and will be the host city for the COP26 event, we aim to showcase our innovative approach in teaching solar energy systems design using a game-based virtual reality approach. Our approach enables students to immerse themselves in a collaborative and virtual environment, which is safe for both the students and their teachers. By creating this virtual environment, teachers can also ensure that students focus on the topic at hand and avoid unnecessary distractions. References: [1] Buckler, C. and Creech, H., 2014. Shaping the future we want: UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development; final report. Unesco. [2] Ghannam, R. and Ahmad, W., 2020. Teaching teamwork to transnational students in engineering and technology. In Compass (Vol. 13, No. 2). [3] Tilbury, D. and Wortman, D., 2004. Engaging people in sustainability. IUCN. [4] Ghannam, R., Kussmann, M., Wolf, A., Khalil, A.S. and Imran, M.A., 2019. Solar energy educational programme for sustainable development in Egypt. Global Journal of Engineering Education, 21(2), pp.128-133.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ghannam, Dr Rami and AlQallaf, Ms Noor and Hussain, Dr Sajjad
Authors: AlQallaf, N., Chen, X., Hussain, S., and Ghannam, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
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