ERIC Number: ED396728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
EdMOO: One Approach to a Multimedia Collaborative Environment.
The nature of the multiuser object oriented (MOO) environment lends itself to flexible and rich interactive collaboration space providing interactive discussion, mail, mailing list, and news features to its virtual denizens. EdMOO (HREF1) was created in mid-1995 as an environment for teachers to experience the text based virtual reality environment offered by a MOO and intended to provide an environment for discussing education and training issues, as well as to possibly be supported by an online document library. This paper describes the growth of EdMOO and its adoption of multimedia artifacts to enhance the communications within the MOO. The development of Drover software with programmed extensions to EdMOO permits participants in an online meeting to display documents, graphics, sounds, movies, and any of the other media supported by Netscape, to others in the same virtual place. Typical MOO problems that were evident in the initial EdMOO environment included: "noise" in a crowded room; problems for players being unable or reluctant to type in real time; and the need for powerful and flexible user tools. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Interactive Systems; MOOs; Virtual Reality
Note: In: Learning Technologies: Prospects and Pathways. Selected papers from EdTech '96 Biennial Conference of the Australian Society for Educational Technology (Melbourne, Australia, July 7-10, 1996); see IR 017 931.