Friday, January 28, 2011

Learning in 3D

The basic tool or interface of HIPoeces work is a 3-dimensional visualized matrix which fills the visual field of the learner. The vertical axis is, in essence, controlled by pitch-movement. The horizontal axis is basically related to linear arrangement of words in conversation from left to right across the visual field, and front/back placement of vowels. A critical 3rd dimension involves going from the body outward. In brief: (a) basic rhythm is experienced "on" the body haptically, with touch and movement, (b) Vowels are positioned about 10cm out, occupying the entire visual field, (c) intonation is positioned about 20cm out, (d) consonants vary, some moving from the body out to 20cm, and (e) integration protocols are enacted at either 20cm or move from 10cm out to about 40cm. As the research linked above from e-Haptic Journal reveals, haptic engagement appears to be especially important in establishing and anchoring 3D visual/virtual spaces. As noted in an earlier post, the addition of touch to the spatial/kinesthetic/visual matrix of HIPoeces has resulted in a substantial improvement in learners' ability to work within the "same" pedagogical space consistently and recall what was learned there as well.

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