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From Multi-User Virtual Environment to 3D Virtual Learning Environment

Livingstone, Daniel and Kemp, Jeremy and Edgar, Edmund (2008) From Multi-User Virtual Environment to 3D Virtual Learning Environment. Association for Learning Technology Journal, 16 (3). pp. 139-150. ISSN 0968-7769 (print)/1741-1629 (online)

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    Abstract

    While digital virtual worlds have been used in education for a number of years, advances in the capabilities and spread of technology have fed a recent boom in interest in massively multi‐user 3D virtual worlds for entertainment, and this in turn has led to a surge of interest in their educational applications. In this paper we briefly review the use of virtual worlds for education, from informal learning to formal instruction, and consider what is required to turn a virtual world from a Multi‐User Virtual Environment into a fully fledged 3D Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). In this we focus on the development of Sloodle – a system which integrates the popular 3D virtual world of Second Life with the open‐source VLE Moodle. Our intent is not simply to provide additional learning support features for Second Life, but to study more generally the ways in which integrated virtual environments can benefit teaching and learning, and this is the focus of our closing discussion.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
    L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
    Divisions: ALT-J Journal
    Depositing User: Justin Smith
    Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2010 12:59
    Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 09:57
    URI: http://repository.alt.ac.uk/id/eprint/810

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