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Assignment Questions

Virtual Reality as a Learning Tool

Final Research Paper Criteria

Title: Can Virtual Reality be used as an effective tool for learning?

Purpose: To determine the effectiveness of virtual reality as a resource for education and training.

Outline:
1. Identify applications of virtual reality for learning.
2. Examine impact of virtual reality on learning.
3. Examine the similarities of virtual reality and video games and how they can be used as a tool for learning.
4. Study the practical application and effectiveness of virtual reality and learning.
5. Conclusions.

Relevance/Value: As a child I had an accident and lost my left eye. As an adult I have been diagnosed with a form of arthritis that has affected my vision. I am interested in researching alternate ways of learning other than by sight and technologies that can improve vision.

ALSO: include in paper: research on Dome Display, which is a visual display system. One source is www.cae.com.

Minimum Criteria for the Research Paper:

Your paper should meet the following minimal criteria:

Should be typed in MS Word format:

Minimum of eight references should be cited. These references should be cited within the body of your paper and then listed as a Reference page at the end of your paper. These references can be books, articles, websites, etc.

Minimum of eleven typed pages (no more than 15 pages); use double-space lines with one-inch margins. The reference page is not counted as one of the eleven pages required.

Use APA style manual. I am looking for general compliance with the APA style guidelines. I realize that this may be your first experience with using APA style, but you should adhere to the general guidelines outlined in the publication manual. For example, I will be using general criteria to review the paper, such as correct formatting of the reference page, correct reference citations in the text, correct margins and spacing, use of appropriate headings, etc.

Grading Rubric for the Final Research Paper

Your score on this paper is worth 25% (250 points) of your course grade. It will be graded on the following rubric. For a more detailed explanation of many of the criteria used for grading the paper, see the APA Style Manual (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Scoring Criteria

90%-100%(225-250 points) The paper meets the criteria of exceptionally fine work. The paper has addressed your topic completely and accurately. It is clearly written and logically organized, evincing a substantial degree of understanding regarding a particular issue related to the field of Instructional Technology. The paper demonstrates insights that illustrate critical thinking. It demonstrates an orderly presentation of ideas and smoothness of expression. The writing has vigor and personality. It is generally error-free with no words misspelled, obvious typing mistakes, and other mechanical problems. The writing style is mature and grammatically correct. All the minimum criteria were clearly met.

80%-89%(200-224 points) The paper meets the criteria of very good work. The paper meets most of the criteria specified previously for receiving a score of 90-100 percent, but the paper still needs some more work. The paper may not have necessarily done anything “wrong.” The paper could be improved with regards to being clearly written and logically organized, evincing a substantial degree of understanding regarding a particular issue related to the field of Instructional Technology. There may be some minor difficulties with grammar, spelling, typing, and other criteria related to mechanics. All the minimum criteria were clearly met.

70%-79%(175-199 points) The paper meets the criteria of good work. The paper may be incomplete, not well organized or too general. Although there is paragraphing and basic organization, some of the writing lacks development. There may be several minor difficulties with grammar, spelling, typing, and other criteria related to mechanics. Some of the minimum criteria may not have been met.

60%-69%(150-174 points) The paper meets the criteria of fair work, but with serious problems. The paper may be missing some of the minimum criteria; or it may meet the minimum criteria, but doesn’t go much beyond the minimal criteria. The writing lacks structure. Although there is some paragraphing, the paper is not clearly written and not logically organized. The paper does not demonstrate insights that illustrate critical thinking. Mechanical errors are frequent and hinder meaning.

0%-59%(0-149 points) The paper meets the criteria of poor work. The paper does not meet the minimum criteria. Very little, if any effort was put into writing the paper. The paper has serious problems with lack of structure. The paper is not clearly written and not logically organized. The paper does not demonstrate insights that illustrate critical thinking or research on a topic of interest. Mechanical errors are very frequent and hinder meaning.

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