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Using 3D Virtual Worlds: Engaging Learners and Providing Social Support
February 13, 2008
David Annand, Athabasca University, Canada
Gunnar Schwede, Athabasca University, Canada
Bob Heller, Athabasca University, Canada
, Athabasca University, Canada
Demonstrating how an avatar-based 3-D learning environment can more fully engage learners in their online educational experience, the volunteer team of developers from Athabasca University will showcase a prototype of a virtual AU campus developed in Second Life. This immersive experience promises to make services more readily accessible, facilitate formal collaboration within a self-paced learning environment, and provide an improved means to develop informal support networks among online students.
Keywords: 3D virtual worlds, distance education, social support, e-learning
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