The design, implementation, and evaluation of a digital interactive globe system integrated into an Earth Science course

Wei Kai Liou, Kaushal Kumar Bhagat, Chun Yen Chang

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The aim of this study is to design and implement a digital interactive globe system (DIGS), by integrating low-cost equipment to make DIGS cost-effective. DIGS includes a data processing unit, a wireless control unit, an image-capturing unit, a laser emission unit, and a three-dimensional hemispheric body-imaging screen. A quasi-experimental study was conducted to evaluate the learning effectiveness of our system. A total of 105 junior high-school students from Taiwan participated in this 8-week experiment. The students were divided into three individual groups of 35 students each, with one control group and two experimental groups (EG1 and EG2). The results of one-way mixed design ANOVA indicated that participants in the experimental group, who used the DIGS, outperformed the other two groups, in the post-test as well as in the delayed test. These findings demonstrate that the proposed DIGS can effectively enhance the performance of the learners in an Earth Science course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-561
Number of pages17
JournalEducational Technology Research and Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 1



  • Digital Earth
  • Earth Science
  • Interactive learning environment
  • Learning outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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