Interactive sensory program for affective learning (InSPAL): An innovative learning program combining interactive media and virtual reality for severely intellectually disabled students

Horace Ho Shing Ip, Julia Byrne, Kate Shuk Ying Lau, Richard Chen Li, Amy Tso, Catherine Choi

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While special educational and training programs have been developed specifically for severely intellectually disabled (SID) students; little research has been carried out that employs the latest advances in virtual reality (VR) technology and 3D motion recognition for this population of students. In this study we focus on the development of a unique psycho-educational program called Interactive Sensory Program for Affective Learning (InSPAL) that exploits natural interface and virtual reality technologies together with pedagogically designed VR learning scenarios to enhance the pre-learning skills of SID students. The InSPAL program offers to SID students an environment in which to actively interact with the virtual learning scenarios, communicate in an alternative way, and develop a sense of mastery enhancing their learning potential. This paper will highlight the learning objectives, the instructional design and training flow for two of the learning domains of the InSPAL program. Our preliminary observations show that the SID students demonstrated an ability to interact with the virtual learning scenarios and many were able to communicate by raising their hands post training.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHybrid Learning and Continuing Education - 6th International Conference, ICHL 2013, Proceedings
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Hybrid Learning, ICHL 2013 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: 12 Aug 201314 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8038 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference6th International Conference on Hybrid Learning, ICHL 2013
CityToronto, ON


  • Interactive media
  • Psycho-educational learning scenarios
  • Severely intellectually disabled
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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