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Online Virtual Learning Environments: A Review of Two Projects

Online Virtual Learning Environments: A Review of Two Projects
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Author(s): Nicoletta Adamo-Villani (Department of Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA) and Hazar Dib (Department of Building Construction Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA)
Copyright: 2014
Volume: 4
Issue: 1
Pages: 20
Source title: International Journal of Systems and Service-Oriented Engineering (IJSSOE)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Wuhui Chen (Sun Yat-sen University, China)
DOI: 10.4018/ijssoe.2014010101

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Abstract

This article is an overview of online virtual learning environments for discovery learning. The paper defines Virtual Learning Environments and discusses literature findings on the benefits of using web-based VEs for self-directed learning. It gives an overview of the latest technologies/platforms used to develop online VEs, discusses development and delivery challenges posed by complex, information-rich web-based 3D environments, and describes possible solutions that can be adopted to overcome current limitations. The paper also presents and discusses two 3D web-deliverable virtual learning environments that were recently developed by the authors: the “Virtual Tour of the Muscatatuck State Hospital Historic District (MSHHD)” and the “VELS: Virtual Environment for Learning Surveying”. The “Interactive 3D Tour of MSHHD” is a web-based digital heritage application that uses Virtual Reality as a tool to document and preserve historic sites and educate the public about them; the “VELS” is an online virtual learning environment whose objective is to help undergraduate students learn surveying concepts and practices.

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