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Title: A Virtual Tour of a Hardly Accessible Archaeological Site: The Effect of Immersive Virtual Reality on User Experience, Learning and Attitude Change
Authors: Kyrlitsias, Christos 
Christofi, Maria 
Michael-Grigoriou, Despina 
Banakou, Domna 
Ioannou, Andri 
Major Field of Science: Natural Sciences
Field Category: Computer and Information Sciences
Keywords: Virtual reality;Cultural heritage;Immersion;Learning;User experience;Attitude change
Issue Date: Aug-2020
Source: Frontiers in Computer Science, 2020, vol. 2, articl. no. 23
Volume: 2
Project: The Interactive Media, Education and Edutainment MRG (EdMedia) 
Journal: Frontiers in Computer Science 
Abstract: Some archaeological sites are not easily accessible by visitors due to mobility or geographical restrictions. Digital technology can make such sites virtually accessible and provide educational information at the same time. Toward this goal, we created a digital reconstruction of the archaeological site of Choirokoitia. Given that a 3D digital reconstruction can be used along with different technologies, we designed and developed an interactive application, where users can navigate and get information about the site, for two different systems: Virtual Reality (VR) systems and desktop computers. A feasibility study was conducted where we compared aspects of the two systems so as to allow the suggestion of the proper technology to utilize according to a user’s aims. The results showed higher levels of presence and more positive experience by the participants who used the VR system compared to those who used the desktop version. On the other hand, greater learning gains were demonstrated in participants who used the desktop version compared to those who used the VR version. No differences were shown between the two groups regarding the participants’ change of attitudes toward the archaeology of Cyprus.
ISSN: 2624-9898
DOI: 10.3389/fcomp.2020.00023
Rights: © Kyrlitsias, Christofi, Michael-Grigoriou, Banakou and Ioannou. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Type: Article
Affiliation : Cyprus University of Technology 
CYENS - Centre of Excellence 
University of Barcelona 
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