vAcademia – Educational Virtual World with 3D Recording


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We present a new approach to educational activities in 3D virtual worlds. This approach is based on a new vision of content and learning process in virtual worlds and related to a new platform called vAcademia. This virtual world is designed and developed specially for educational purposes, and it has an integrated set of tools for a number of learning activities. The main original feature of vAcademia is 3D recording, which allows capturing dynamically everything in a given location in the virtual world. A 3D recording looks like a live virtual class providing students with a collaboration space and giving a sense of presence. 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. We present the functionality, scenarios of use and challenges of the educational virtual world vAcademia.

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vAcademia – Educational Virtual World with 3D Recording

  1. 1. vAcademia – Educational Virtual World with 3D Recording Mikhail Fominykh
  2. 2. Learning in virtual worlds IBM Harvard Princeton University Sheffield University Stanford University Toyota Massachusetts Institute
  3. 3. Advantages of virtual worlds as learning environments <ul><li>Low cost and high safety </li></ul><ul><li>Three-dimensional representation of learners and objects </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction in simulated contexts </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of presence </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of tools </li></ul>
  4. 4. Synchronous - Asynchronous ? Types of learning Synchronous ( online ) Asynchronous (offline) Traditional learning Face-to-face classes Text books Video recorded classes 2 D e-Learning Webinars Recorded webinars 3D e-Learning Classes in virtual worlds
  5. 5. 2D e-Learning Synchronous class Asynchronous class Face to face class Webinar CMS/LMS live/online content
  6. 6. 3D e-Learning Face to face class Synchronous class Asynchronous class live/online content
  7. 7. Synchronous - Asynchronous Types of learning vAcademia Synchronous ( online ) Asynchronous (offline) Traditional learning Face-to-face classes Text books Video recorded classes 2 D e-Learning Webinars Recorded webinars 3D e-Learning
  8. 8. vAcademia
  9. 9. vAcademia Teaching tools Virtual world for education Pioneer of 3D recording
  10. 10. 1 . Starting a class in vAcademia
  11. 11. 2 . Press Recording button
  12. 12. 3 . Conducting a class in vAcademia
  13. 13. 4 . Press Stop button
  14. 14. 5 . New content – 3D recording of the class
  15. 15. 6 . 3D recordings – course content
  16. 16. vAcademia Web - site <ul><li>Integrated CMS/LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle interface </li></ul><ul><li>Content repository </li></ul>3D virtual world <ul><li>Learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching tools </li></ul><ul><li>3D recording of classes </li></ul>
  17. 17. Moodle integration <ul><li>Course management and planning </li></ul>3 . Conducting classes 4 . Content is ready 6 . Integrating 3D recordings 5 . Browsing 3D recordings 7 . Using 3D recordings 2. Binding accounts and managing groups
  18. 18. Moodle integration
  19. 19. Teaching tools Desktop & application sharing Interactive whiteboards Picture sharing Power Point presentations Web-cameras Pointer
  20. 20. Teaching tools Drawing Screen and applications sharing Pointers
  21. 21. Teaching tools Web-Camera Power Point presentation Picture sharing
  22. 22. Teaching tools Backchannel Clicker tools
  23. 23. Коммуникации Text and voice communication Convenient voice and text communication tools enrich the collaborative learning activity.
  24. 24. Every person can show up in the virtual world in the appearance he/she likes best. Avatar customization
  25. 25. Text, graphic, and voice notes Users may share their comments and impressions in the form of text, graphic, and voice notes.
  26. 26. Navigation vAcademia maps make the navigation around the virtual world really simple.
  27. 27. Collection Educational resources for both teachers and students may be uploaded into Collection.
  28. 28. Environment design Users can organize learning space at any location of vAcademia by arranging the furniture in the way they like.
  29. 29. User’s 3D objects Users can upload their own 3D objects in Collada format, which extends the possibilities for creating learning environments
  30. 30. Web-site support
  31. 31. New course
  32. 32. New course
  33. 33. New course
  34. 34. 3D recordings
  35. 35. 3D recording info
  36. 36. Scenarios of use <ul><li>Visiting a 3D recording </li></ul><ul><ul><li>at any time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>by a group of learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>actively working inside </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with almost the same presence effect </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating a new 3D recording, while conducting activities being inside one </li></ul><ul><ul><li>enhancing a class with additional discussions, questions and comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>guiding learners only through some parts of the original class and get specified recordings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>using text, graphic, and sound notes </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. Current usage <ul><li>Several IT courses at the Mari State Technical University, Russia </li></ul>
  38. 38. Current usage <ul><li>English for beginners at the Mukogawa Women's University in Japan </li></ul>
  39. 39. Current usage <ul><li>High school advanced chemistry course in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia </li></ul>
  40. 40. Future directions <ul><li>Development of additional functionality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>extending possibilities for creating custom learning environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>improving the working environment and teaching tools to make them more convenient </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Improving accessibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>clients for different operating systems and a light version for mobile devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>developing a browser-based client </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Designing new learning scenarios </li></ul><ul><ul><li>combining synchronous and asynchronous activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3D recorded classes as a new type of user-generated content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>educational simulations and serious games </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. Thank you!
  42. 42. presented by Mikhail Fominykh [email_address] @vacademia_info Educational virtual world vAcademia [email_address]