This study discusses applying virtual reality (VR) and Virtual Reality Mode
ling Language (VRML) to promote health science education in Taiwan, It firs
t describes the needs of health science education in Taiwan, and the advant
ages of using computer technology in health science teaching and learning.
A networked desktop VR-based system and courseware entitled "Travelling wit
h Our Food" were developed for health science learning. The design of the c
ourse, the development of the system (platform and software), and expert-ba
sed and user-based evaluations are reported. Evaluation results, research i
ssues, and possible future work are also discussed. (C) 2001 Elsevier Scien
ce Ltd. All rights reserved.