Tactile interaction in an ancient world on a web browser

Sylvester Arnab, Panagiotis Petridis, Ian Dunwell, Sara de Freitas

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Complete involvement of learners in their learning environment has the potential to promote better absorption of knowledge, through pedagogic mechanisms such as experiential learning. To support such approaches within the domain of cultural heritage, this article discusses the deployment of tactile perception as a part of an ongoing development of a multimodal learning platform to complement learner interaction with virtual artifacts promoting more real experience and active reflection. By stimulating visual and tactile perceptions, learners’ engagement and interest in the learning process can be sustained through “first-hand” interaction advocating the use of a “hands-on” instruction. Towards enhancing accessibility to a wide demographic in a more cost-effective manner, web technologies provide a platform that is widely available for mass consumption. The development capitalizes on the fact that the majority of UK households have access to technologies, such as web-based tools and mobile devices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-695
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Information Systems and Industrial Management Applications
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • haptics
  • virtual learning environment
  • experiential
  • exploratory
  • cultural heritage
  • serious games


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