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Multi-User Virtual Environments for Learning Meet Learning Management

Multi-User Virtual Environments for Learning Meet Learning Management
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Author(s): Daniel Livingstone (University of the West of Scotland, UK), Jeremy Kemp (San Jose State University, USA), Edmund Edgar (Social Minds Learning Systems, Japan), Chris Surridge (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea) and Peter Bloomfield (University of the West of Scotland, UK)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 18
Source title: Gaming and Simulations: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-195-9.ch315

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Abstract

Alongside the growth of interest in Games-Based Learning, there has been a notable explosion of interest in the use of 3D graphical multi-user virtual environments (MUVE) for learning. Platforms such as Second Life® or alternatives (Theresm, Active Worlds, OpenCroquet, and so on) have potential for online tuition in ways quite different from those offered by traditional Web-based Virtual Learning Environments (VLE, a.k.a. Learning Management System or LMS). The Sloodle project is working to integrate Second Life with the Moodle VLE – and to investigate how this might support learning and teaching with the Second Life platform. Second Life can be considered as a 3D client for Moodle learning activities, while a complimentary view is to consider Moodle as a back-end for Second Life learning activities – enabling virtual world learning activities integrated with Web-based class lists and grade books. The authors close by considering future directions and applications.

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