Exploiting Virtual Environments and Web2.0 Immersive Worlds to Support Collaborative e-Learning Communities

TitleExploiting Virtual Environments and Web2.0 Immersive Worlds to Support Collaborative e-Learning Communities
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBouras, C, Tsiatsos, T, Giannaka, E
Book TitleNovel Approaches in Web - Based Learning Technologies: Tools for ModernTeaching
Chapter2
Pagination 20 - 45
PublisherIGI Global
Abstract

The main goal of this chapter is to facilitate educational designers and developers by providing a point of reference for making decisions on how to incorporate 3D environments into the applications they develop as well as for extending their capabilities by integrating more functionality. Therefore, this chapter presents the design principles for virtual spaces, which aim at supporting multi-user communication in web-based learning communities. In addition the implementation of these principles is presented using as point of reference EVE Training Area. This environment constitutes a three-dimensional space where participants, represented by 3D humanoid avatars, have the ability to use a variety of 3D e-collaboration tools for learning together. Furthermore, this chapter presents how these principles could be used as criteria for validating and extending ready Web2.0 Immersive worlds for supporting collaborative e-learning. Finally, collaborative e-learning usage scenarios that could be realized by exploiting collaborative virtual environments are described.

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