The Virtual Hawaiian Lo‘i: Applying Second Life to Cultural and Environmental Education
Recorded: Thursday, April 18th, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 5:20 pm HST
Duration: 20 mins
Ample evidence suggests that both experiential and theoretical learning is necessary for subject mastery and retention. However with traditional Hawaiian kalo (taro) farming instructional techniques there is often sufficient field time but a lack of formal environmental education that accompanies the place-based learning. The Virtual Lo‘i instructional design module is focused on providing an alternate learning space for the practice of kalo variety recall within a simulated three-dimensional lo‘i (wetland taro patch) environment. The modules’ educational setting is a hybrid of culturally based and immersive designed elements within Second Life to encourage user reference engagement and environmental literacy. Image driven immersive-based design and plant family grouping techniques were used as the design foundation for the instructional design module. The data was collected using pre and post recall testing and attitudinal surveys over a two-month period, consisting of fourteen participants across five age groups and three Hawaiian Islands. Preliminary data indicates that Second Life may provide a beneficial environment for teaching Cultural and Environmental education.
Kālewa is the Director of the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center which serves as the educational outreach center for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and UNESCO World Heritage site.