S10-AS4-3 - Design and Assessment of Virtual Learning Environments to Support STEM Learning for Autistic Students

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J. Cecil1 , Mary Sweet-Darter2, Avinash Gupta1
1 Oklahoma State University
2 Anselm Center, ABA-OK

This paper discusses the design of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) in helping students with autism learn Science and Engineering concepts. The VLEs were created for middle and high school students; subsequently assessment activities were conducted to gain a better understanding of the impact of such VLEs. The learning process was facilitated through various interfaces and immersion levels; these included Haptic based interfaces and fully immersive 3D environments. These VLEs introduced students to concepts in Robotics and Manufacturing. Initial assessment findings have demonstrated the positive impact of such cyberlearning techniques and environments.