The Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) is using three-dimensional (3D) technology to enable students to interact with the content covered in courses rather than merely read textbooks. For example, nursing students can perform IV maintenance or future auto technicians can examine car engines in virtual learning environments.
KCTCS' Interactive Digital Center has created five interactive digital learning modules in the areas of energy, health care, and manufacturing, and also has developed customized solutions for industry clients. Interactive 3D technology enhances learning and allows people to experiment without risk.
KCTCS officials say the coal mining tragedies in 2006 was the turning point in its effort to integrate 3D technologies into the classroom. Its first virtual project would be for the Kentucky Coal Academy and would show the benefits of simulation-based training.
KCTCS also credits advances in technology for enabling it to be more innovative in the classroom setting. Some instruction at the 16 colleges across KCTCS' 65 campuses can be viewed on a laptop, uses 3D stereographic projection technology, and takes place in a wall screen-equipped space known as a CAVE.
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