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3D Design and Collaboration in Massively Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVEs)

Author(s): Steven Warburton (King’s College London, UK) and Margarita Pérez García (MENON Network EEIG, Belgium)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 15
EISBN13: 9781616921460


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This chapter describes an exploratory study in the use of the virtual world Second Life as an innovative space for situating collaborative activity in the field of art and design. The authors identify eight key affordances of Second Life for learning and teaching and elaborate the educational approach based on group orientated design briefs, carried out over a three-week period by the students. The results of the study reveal both the negative and positive aspects of using Second Life as an educational space. These range from access difficulties and the steep learning curve in becoming familiar with the technology, to the expansive social and creative freedoms that the world allows. The conclusions draw together an analysis of the emerging themes and present a set of ten good practices for developing and running successful collaborative activities inside virtual worlds.

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