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Web-Based 3D Virtual Learning Environments

Web-Based 3D Virtual Learning Environments
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Author(s): Nicoletta Adamo-Villani (Purdue University, USA), Kari L. Clase (Purdue University, USA), Robin J. Heyden (Education Consultant, USA) and John Wiecha (Boston Medical Center, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 24
Source title: Constructing Self-Discovery Learning Spaces Online: Scaffolding and Decision Making Technologies
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Shalin Hai-Jew (Kansas State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-320-1.ch006


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This chapter is an overview of web-deliverable three-dimensional (3D) virtual learning environments. In Section 1 (Introduction) we define Virtual Reality (VR) Technology and Virtual Learning Environments; in Section 2 (Virtual Environments and Learning) we discuss literature findings on the benefits of using web-based VEs for self-discovery learning. In Section 3 (Developing online VE: technologies, challenges and solutions) we give an overview of the latest technologies/platforms used to develop online VEs, discuss development and delivery challenges posed by complex, information-rich web-based 3D environments, and describe possible solutions that can be adopted to overcome current limitations. In Section 4 (A review of two projects) we present two 3D web virtual learning environments that were recently developed by the authors: the Interactive 3D Tour of MSHHD and The pilot postgraduate medical education program in Second Life. A summary and conclusive remarks are included in section 5 (Summary and Conclusion).

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