Virtual Campus as a Framework for Educational and Social Activities

M. Fominykh, E. Prasolova-Frland (Norway), M. Morozov, and A. Gerasimov (Russia)


Virtual campus, collaborative learning, 3D virtual worlds


In recent years, the usage of virtual worlds for educational purposes has increased. In this paper, we focus specifically on virtual campuses, i.e. virtual worlds representing real educational institutions that use the metaphor of a university and provide users with a range of different tools for learning. Based on the results of a case study that we have performed, this paper provides a set of requirements for a virtual campus. Following the requirements, we present the design of a virtual campus representing our university. Among the associated tools and resources we introduce an innovative educational recourse ‘Collaborative Virtual Workshop’, based on the principles of social software.

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