Working on Educational Content in 3D Collaborative Virtual Environments: Challenges and Implications

E. Prasolova-Førland, M. Fominykh (Norway), and T.G. Wyeld (Australia)


3D collaborative virtual environments, educational visualizations, Active Worlds, Second Life


Collaborative construction and exploration of educational content is an important part of a learning process. In this paper, we focus on collaborative construction of educational visualizations in 3D Collaborative Virtual Environments (CVEs), analyzing results from our earlier case studies in Active Worlds and Second Life. We discuss various aspects of presenting educational content in a 3D environment, such as aesthetics, functionality and expressed meaning, various design solutions adopted by students in their constructions and the challenges they faced. Furthermore, we outline the implications for using 3D CVEs for working on educational content as a part of everyday classroom activities.

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