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


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 at FUN: equipped with Oculus Rift HMD & controllers, Windows PCs, Apple iMacs, LEGO EV3 Mindstorms robots, and a safe working space for virtual-to-real interactions.


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.