Training to Improve Spatial Orientation in Engineering Students Using Virtual Environments

  • Cristina Roca-Gonzalez
  • Jorge Martín-Gutiérrez
  • Cristina Mato Corredeguas
  • Melchor García-Domínguez
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8526)


This work present the results obtained from a experience performed with freshmen students of the Industrial Engineering degree at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University aiming for improvement of their spatial abilities. The work linked to spatial abilities show a great lack of uniformity according to the adopted terminology as a consequence of different approaches, researchers’ field of study and the research’s scale. But all research agree on the relationship between a high level of spatial ability and the possibility of success in certain professional careers and university degrees such as engineering which is our actual case. The pilot study described in this paper, aims to improve the Spatial Orientation component of spatial abilities and for this we conducted two experiences or trainings based on orienteering sports: one was performed in a real environment meanwhile the other took place in a virtual environment. The results show that this component can be trained and improved in both environments without finding any significant difference between both types of training.


Spatial abilities Spatial orientation Environmental scale Orienteering Virtual worlds 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Roca-Gonzalez
    • 1
  • Jorge Martín-Gutiérrez
    • 2
  • Cristina Mato Corredeguas
    • 3
  • Melchor García-Domínguez
    • 1
  1. 1.Dpto. Cartografia y Expresión Gráfica en la IngenieríaUniversidad de Las Palmas de Gran CanariasSpain
  2. 2.Dpto. Técnicas y Proyectos en Arquitectura e IngenieríaUniversidad de La LagunaSpain
  3. 3.Dpto. Didácticas EspecialesUniversidad de Las Palmas de Gran CanariasSpain

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