ERIC Number: ED482149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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The SEE Experience: Edutainment in 3D Virtual Worlds.
Di Blas, Nicoletta; Paolini, Paolo; Hazan, Susan
Shared virtual worlds are innovative applications where several users, represented by Avatars, simultaneously access via Internet a 3D space. Users cooperate through interaction with the environment and with each other, manipulating objects and chatting as they go. Apart from in the well documented online action games industry, now often played out in real time over the Internet, the success stories of virtual worlds and shared VRML environments have been sporadic. Interest wanes from an enthusiastic beginning: the 3D world looks both enticing and promising, but the attention curve drops sharply as the users find the space either too difficult to navigate or not satisfyingly engaging. The key to the success or failure of these environments relates directly to the content offered and the ability of the environment to hold a critical mass of users in real time. This paper presents an innovative project, a shared virtual world geared to schools in an educational and highly structured environment. SEE,Shrine Educational Experience, is a cooperative project developed jointly by Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, offering a pioneering educational environment based on a shared 3D virtual world, where classes from all over the world meet in order to learn and discuss issues related to the famous Dead Sea Scrolls and the tiny community (probably of Essenes) who once lived by the Dead Sea. Includes eight figures. (Contains 14 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Games, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, International Cooperation, Internet, Museums, Online Systems, Three Dimensional Aids, Virtual Reality
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Israel (Jerusalem); Italy (Milan)