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Transparent Reality Simulation

Transparent Reality (TR) is a model-driven, display-based simulation modality that represents internal, abstract and usually invisible functions, processes and concepts with explicitly visible and manipulatable symbols to assist users in exploring, developing and confirming mental models. The focus is on high fidelity behavior rather than life-like appearance.

Transparent also implies accessible by all, as in "transparent government". This alternative meaning also applies to TR because, as a display-based simulation, it is designed for mass dissemination, e.g., via the Web, to allow everyone to access the benefits of simulation along the ideals of "lifelong learning" and "learning by everyone, everywhere, everyday".

Lampotang S, Lizdas D, Gravenstein N, Liem EB: Transparent reality, a simulation based on interactive dynamic graphical models emphasizing visualization. Educational Technology, Vol 46, No. 1, 55:59, 2006

New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative: The Horizon Report 2006. Transparent reality simulation identified as an emerging technology 4 - 5 years away from adoption in the category "Augmented Reality and Enhanced Visualization", page 22 of report (page 24 of PDF file), 2006