ERIC Number: ED396675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Programming for Fun: MUDs as a Context for Collaborative Learning.
Multi-User Dungeons (MUDs), are text-based virtual reality environments in which participants separated by great physical distances can communicate and collaborate in programming. Most MUDs started out as adventure games but are quickly being adapted for more "serious" endeavors. This paper presents a case study of the experiences of a MUD participant, who, in interviews with the author, explains that MUDs foster creative and technical collaboration, playfulness, the availability of an audience for completed work, and the desire to contribute to the electronic learning community. The author concludes that the success of the MUD as a learning tool for adults points to its potential as a learning environment for children. (BEW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Collaborative Learning; Informational Interviews; MOOs; Virtual Reality
Note: In: Recreating the Revolution. Proceedings of the Annual National Educational Computing Conference (15th, Boston, Massachusetts, June 13-15, 1994); see IR 017 841.