Dr. Michael Vallance Ed.D, MSc., BSc(Hons), PGCE

Research funding from Science Connect, UK Prime Minister’s Initiative 2 (PMI2), JAIST Japan kakenhi, DAIWA and Future University Hakodate.

Keywords: Information science (情報アーキテクチャ学科), OpenSim; Unity; LabView; LEGO; Mindstorms; Japan; Wales; collaboration; communication; futures; simulation


Research demonstration movie accepted as a video presentation at IEEE VR 2019, Osaka, Japan, March 23-27, 2019.


AIM: To determine the efficacy of the TKF model when used to develop the declarative (knowing what), procedural (knowing how) and meta-cognitive (knowing why) knowledge of Systems Information Science students programming robots to complete set tasks.


Students communicate globally from Japan to UK to USA in a dedicated, designed 3D virtual world.

iVERG lab equipped with

- Oculus Rift HMD & controllers,

- Oculus Go,

- Hewlett Packard HMD and controller,

- Windows PC (high spec) x 2

- Window laptop (high spec) x 1

- Apple iMacs,

- iPads

- LEGO EV3 Mindstorms robots x 6,

- solar panel

- various sensors

- Arduinos

- Raspberry Pi

and a safe working space for

inter- and intra- cognitive communication.


Students collaborate to create physical solutions for robot related tasks, communicate and share their solution processes, and finally reflect upon their actions and perceived learning.