What role does realism play in visualization and simulations? When is realism important and when is it not? How does the selection of media impact learning and communication outcomes? How and when do you use mixed media? What determines those choices? Discussions on these and many other topics are just some of the things that Eric Kramer and Natascha Blijleven will be facilitating at VizThink Europe ’08 in Berlin this October.
On Tuesday, July 22nd, VizThink will be releasing our first research report. Created in conjunction with Brandon-Hall Research, this report examines 14 case studies of visualization in learning, including a feature on Eric and Natascha’s work with the Netherlands Police department. Their facinating project created a virtual city where police could solve various crimes as part of a learning simulation. It contains a large variety of mixed media including videos, photos, sketches, 3D models, interactive panoramas, and diagrams just to name a few. In police work, the visual clues (and cues) are often an important part of a crime scene. How do you know what to watch for? How real do the visuals need to be to be able transfer the learning from the simulation to the real world?
Eric was originally professor of mathematics, physics and information science. Since 1996, Eric Kramer has been the educational project manager at TriMM interactive media in the Netherlands. Since 2000, Natascha has worked as an Educational Policy Advisor at the Dutch Police Academy. As educational advisor Natascha is concerned with designing and implementation of ICT in the competence based Police education.
We will be posting a podcast with Ole in a couple weeks so be sure to watch for that. For more details on Ole, check out his bio.