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Title: Collaborative Learning in a 3D Virtual Environment: Design Factors and Evaluation Results
Authors: Di Blas, Nicoletta
Poggi, Caterina
Reeves, Thomas
Issue Date: Jun-2006
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Di Blas, N., Poggi, C., & Reeves, T. (2006). Collaborative Learning in a 3D Virtual Environment: Design Factors and Evaluation Results. In Barab, S. A., Hay, K. E., & Hickey, D. T. (Eds.), The International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Indiana University 2006. Proceedings of ICLS 2006, Volume 1 (pp. 127-133). Bloomington, Indiana, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The paper describes the design and evaluation of three collaborative 3D virtual environments for learning (i.e. 3D worlds shared through the internet in which learners meet together at the same time). Since the first program was launched in 2002, more than 3,600 students and 180 teachers from Europe and Israel have been involved in these projects. The educational impact has been carefully monitored using a variety of evaluation strategies. The results in terms of achieved knowledge, skills and attitudes, as well as in terms of overall satisfaction exceeded our expectations. The design elements that make up these complex educational experiences will be described in a manner that highlights their interplay (rather than as isolated design details) and explains the achievement of both expected and unexpected benefits.
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