Educational Time Machine: Capturing Learning in 3D Virtual worlds

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In this paper, we present a new approach to educational activities in 3D virtual worlds, which is based on a new vision of educational content and opens new possibilities for learning. Traditionally, the content in 3D virtual worlds was thought as interactive media objects embedded in a 3D environment, but there was no means for capturing life activities conducted in such environments, except for recording screen videos. At the same time, the most valuable characteristics of this technology are in the synchronous interaction and rich life experience, which disappear in flat video. Therefore, we argue that a mechanism that allows capturing synchronous activities in a 3D virtual world without losing such essential characteristics has great value. Such mechanism is implemented within the project Virtual Academia, which aims at developing an educational virtual world with a set of tools for collaborative learning (http://vacademia.com/). The virtual world vAcademia is currently under beta testing, which includes several cases from which the feedback is being collected. The main original feature of vAcademia is 3D recording, which allows capturing dynamically everything in a given location of the virtual world. The use of resultant 3D recordings is similar to time travelling. It allows a group of learners to experience a past class and collaborate there, recording it again if needed. In such a manner, vAcademia supports a new type of digital content – 3D recording or virtcast, which is created based on synchronous activities and opens new possibilities to explore.

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Educational Time Machine: Capturing Learning in 3D Virtual worlds

  1. 1. Educational Time MachineCapturing Learning in 3D Virtual worlds Mikhail Fominykh Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway Mikhail Morozov and Alexey Gerasimov Mari State Technical University, Russia The Virtual Worlds Research Network Inaugural Conference 16–18 May 2012. University of Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2. Virtual worlds as learning environments• Low cost and high safety• Three-dimensional representation of learners and objects• Interaction in simulated contexts• Sense of presence• Variety of tools
  3. 3. Synchronous - Asynchronous Synchronous AsynchronousTypes of learning (online) (offline) Text books Traditional Face-to-face classes Video recorded Learning classes 2D e-Learning Webinars Recorded webinars Classes in virtual 3D e-Learning worlds ?
  4. 4. Synchronous/live Asynchronous/content
  5. 5. 2D e-Learning live/online Synchronous classFace to face class Webinar content Asynchronous class CMS/LMS
  6. 6. 3D e-Learning live/online Synchronous classFace to face class content Asynchronous class
  7. 7. Synchronous - Asynchronous Synchronous AsynchronousTypes of learning (online) (offline) Text books Traditional Face-to-face classes Video recorded Learning classes 2D e-Learning Webinars Recorded webinars 3D e-Learning vAcademia
  8. 8. 1. Starting a class in vAcademia
  9. 9. 2. Press Recording button
  10. 10. 3. Conducting a class in vAcademia
  11. 11. 4. Press Stop button
  12. 12. 5. New content – 3D recording of the class
  13. 13. 6. 3D recordings – course content
  14. 14. Teaching tools Real world vAcademia InteractiveChalk and board white boards Pointer Pointer for each user Slide show Slide show presentations presentations Web camera Web camera sharing Desktop Desktop sharing
  15. 15. Teaching tools Backchannel Clicker tools
  16. 16. Text, graphic, and voice notes Users may share their comments and impressions in the form of text, graphic, and voice notes.
  17. 17. Collection Educational resources for both teachers and students may be uploaded into Collection.
  18. 18. Environment designUsers can organize learningspace at any location ofvAcademia by arranging thefurniture in the way they like.
  19. 19. User’s 3D objectsUsers can upload their own 3Dobjects in Collada format, whichextends the possibilities forcreating learning environments
  20. 20. Parallel time Real time class R0 Recording R1 Replay R1 Recording R2
  21. 21. Parallel space Real time class 1 Real time class 2 Real time class 3 Real time class 4
  22. 22. Time machine R5R4 R3R1 R2 t
  23. 23. Web-site support
  24. 24. New course
  25. 25. 3D recordings
  26. 26. 3D recording info
  27. 27. Scenarios of use• Visiting a 3D recording • by a group of learners • actively working inside • with almost the same presence effect• Creating a new 3D recording being inside one • guiding learners only through some parts of the original class • enhancing a class with additional discussions, questions and comments • using text, graphic, and sound notes
  28. 28. Visiting a 3D recording Live class tR1 – 3D recordings of the class R1
  29. 29. 3D recording without some of the parts R1 – 3D recordings of the class t x x x R1 R2 R2 – shorter 3D recording based on R1
  30. 30. 3D recording with additional and replaced parts R1 – 3D recordings of the class t x x R1 R3 R3 – longer 3D recording based on R1
  31. 31. 3D recording with enhanced with notes R1 – 3D recordings of the class t x x R1 R4 R4 – 3D recording based on R1
  32. 32. Current usage• Several IT courses at the Mari State Technical University, Russia
  33. 33. Current usage• English for beginners at the Mukogawa Womens University in Japan
  34. 34. Current usage• High school advanced chemistry course in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia
  35. 35. Future directions• Additional functionality • custom learning environments • convenient environment and teaching tools• Improving accessibility • different operating systems • mobile devices • browser-based client• New learning scenarios • synchronous and asynchronous activities • Virtcast – new type of user-generated content
  36. 36. Thank you!
  37. 37. presented by Mikhail Fominykh mikhail.fominykh@svt.ntnu.nohttp://www.idi.ntnu.no/~fominykh/http://www.linkedin.com/in/fominykhhttp://slideshare.net/mfominykh/http://vacademia.com/userprofile/show/id/808 Educational virtual world vAcademia info@vacademia.comhttp://vacademia.comhttp://www.facebook.com/vAcademia@vacademia_infohttp://www.slideshare.net/vacademia

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