3D Virtual Worlds and Collaborative Learning


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Keynote at the Second Nordic Symposium on Technology-Enhanced Learning
Oulu, Finland
September, 26 2012

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3D Virtual Worlds and Collaborative Learning

  1. 1. 3D Virtual Worlds and Collaborative Learning Mikhail Fominykh Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway Second Nordic Symposium on Technology-Enhanced Learning Oulu, Finland September, 26 20121
  2. 2. Outline o Definition o Trends o Examples2
  3. 3. What are Virtual Worlds? En environment 1.Multiuser 2.Synchronous 3.Persistent 4.Facilitated by networked computers o Three-dimensional graphical interphase o Social Worlds/Game Worlds3
  4. 4. Trends o Second Life? o Variety and integration o Virtual World platforms/engines o Virtual Worlds on demand and for specific purposes o Simulations o Merging virtual and real o NVWN4
  5. 5. Second Life 2006–20095
  6. 6. Second Life 2006–20126
  7. 7. Variety and integration7
  8. 8. Virtual World platforms/engines8
  9. 9. Virtual Worlds on demand and for specific purposes9
  10. 10. Virtual Worlds on demand and for specific purposes10
  11. 11. Simulations11
  12. 12. Merging virtual and real12
  13. 13. Nordic Virtual Worlds Network http://nordicworlds.net13
  14. 14. Examples o 3D Educational Visualizations as Constructionist Learning o Training Cultural Awareness in Military Operations o 3D Virtual Recording in vAcademia14
  15. 15. 3D Educational Visualizations as Constructionist Learning15
  16. 16. 3D Educational Visualizations Research Questions o Why is it worth using? o How to describe, analyze and evaluate? o How to design facilitating environments and tools? o How to support learning communities?16
  17. 17. 3D Visualizations of research areas, projects, and curriculum concepts17
  18. 18. 3D Educational Visualizations Formal Outcomes o Methodology for Teaching with 3D Visualizations o Frameworks for designing tools and environments o Observation of learning community support18
  19. 19. 3D Educational Visualizations Interesting Outcomes o Activities in Virtual Worlds attract interest as exciting and unusual o Students intensify collaboration when facing a challenging learning space o Collaborative construction requires time and effort, but provides learning o Serious activities in Virtual Worlds need additional support19
  20. 20. Training Cultural Awareness in Military Operations (CAMO)20
  21. 21. CAMO Goals o Create an inexpensive and flexible simulation for training cultural awareness among military personnel o Explore the advantages and limitations of 3D virtual worlds in this context o Create methodological guidelines and tools for developing 3D educational simulations21
  22. 22. Training Cultural Awareness in Military Operations (CAMO)22
  23. 23. CAMO Study Settings o 14 cadets from Norwegian Army War Academy o Eight students and teachers from Norwegian Defense Language and Intelligence School o Pre- and posttests, interviews, observations o Two walk-throughs, three debriefs23
  24. 24. CAMO Major Outcomes o Cadets are positive to the use of 3D virtual worlds for training cultural awareness o Learning outcomes related to the major topics in the scenarios o Learning from taking different perspectives, facing dilemmas, and observing squad leader actions24
  25. 25. vAcademia environment25
  26. 26. Teaching tools Real world vAcademia Interactive Chalk and board white boards Pointer Pointer for each user Slide show Slide show presentations presentations Web camera Web camera sharing Desktop Desktop sharing26
  27. 27. Synchronous/Asynchronous Challenge27
  28. 28. Synchronous/Asynchronous Proposal live/online Synchronous class Face to face class content Asynchronous class28
  29. 29. 3D Recordings29
  30. 30. Editing 3D Recordings R1 – 3D recordings of the class t x x R1 R2 R2 – a new 3D recording based on R130
  31. 31. Thank you! http://slurl.com/secondlife/Akershus%20Fortress/ http://slurl.com/secondlife/NTNU/ http://vacademia.com Mikhail Fominykh mikhail.fominykh@ntnu.no http://www.idi.ntnu.no/~fominykh/ http://www.linkedin.com/in/fominykh http://slideshare.net/mfominykh/31