Facilitating 3D Virtual World Learning Environments Creation by Non-Technical End Users through Template-Based Virtual World Instantiation
Sertac Ozercan and
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Chang Liu: School of EECS, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA
Ying Zhong: School of EECS, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA
Sertac Ozercan: School of EECS, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA
Qing Zhu: School of EECS, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE), 2013, vol. 4, issue 1, 32-48
This paper presents a template-based solution to overcome technical barriers non-technical computer end users face when developing functional learning environments in three-dimensional virtual worlds (3DVW). iVirtualWorld, a prototype of a platform-independent 3DVW creation tool that implements the proposed solution, facilitates 3DVW learning environment creation through semantics-based abstract 3DVW representation and template-based 3DVW instantiation. iVirtualWorld provides a wizard to guide the 3DVW creation process, and hide low-level programming and 3D design details through higher-level abstracts supported by pre-defined templates. Preliminary evaluation of the effectiveness of iVirtualWorld showed positive results. The contribution of this study is threefold: 1) It provides a paradigm for investigating and developing 3DVW building tools from end usersâ€™ perspective; 2) It develops a prototype of a 3DVW building tool, which gives educators a framework to easily create educational virtual worlds using domain-specific concepts; 3) It conducts empirical research and collected preliminary experimental data for evaluation.
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