Having a completely malleable digital world at your disposal offers the chance to create unique learning experiences, unhindered by the limits of real-world physics, or (to an extent) time and budgets. From lectures on the moon or inside of a combustion engine, to experiencing different cultures and time periods, immersive environments have the potential to enhance traditional learning. They offer a safe place where students can explore and make mistakes – with minimal or no repercussions.
Immersive 3D environments are also well suited to experimental, collaborative and problem based learning incorporating an establishmentsintegrating into Virtual Learning Environments (e.g. Moodle via SLoodle), and eLearning tools and standards such as SCORM and Labyrinth and incorporating existing resources such as video, powerpoint etc. Staff and students can also easily capture video, images and text chat from within the worlds to include in assignments and post to intranets, blogs, wikis or the web.
Problem based learning projects:
OOPAL – next generation vLearning Authoring System
We’ve spent 3 years developing and working on our award winning Virtual World Learning Authoring application, PIVOTE and have decided to create a “next generation” system.- OOPAL.
OOPAL is a web-based application which lets you author and manage learning exercises which students then experience immersively in a virtual world.
If you would like to talk more about how virtual worlds could help you create novel and effective learning environments, or would just like to see the technologies demonstrated then please get in touch.