Final project report is now available online.

This project aims to develop design principles for a starter kit for educational virtual worlds. It will synthesize lessons learned by the educational 3D multi-user virtual worlds community into a set of design principles, which can be shared within our community and with the broader community of educational technology developers via CILT. Specifically, we will inform the design of a "basic starter kit" for using the Activeworlds technology. Through surveys of the AWEDU and VLearn3D communities as well as related research groups, we will compile a list of critical features and new user issues. These will be presented at the annual online conference of for discussion and input. Final recommendations for the starter kit will be contributed to the CILT database and posted at This information will serve as the basis for seeking support to develop a starter kit for AWEDU that will incorporate means for managing and evaluating user activities inworld in addition to a simple and flexible virtual architecture for user spaces.

Project Leaders
Katy Börner, Indiana University
Margaret Corbit, Cornell University
Bonnie DeVarco, Vlearn 3D SIG of Contact Consortium

Chad Rooney, Research Intern, VLearn3D Building Blocks Project
Elijah Wright, Indiana University
David Peth, Cornell University

Other Project Participants:
Patrick McKercher, UC Santa Cruz
Rafael Granados, UC College Prep (UCCP) Initiative
Carol Kerney, Borderlink Project (out of San Diego and Imperial County Boards of Education)
Penny and Craig Twining, Active Art Design and AWEDU community member

Collaborative Information Universe at Indiana University

Fall Roundtable Series in VLearn World, AWEDU

  • Oct. 30, 9:00am -11:00am Pacific, 12:00 - 2:00 Eastern, 4:00pm - 6:00pm GMT: Roundtable 5 on "New Avatars & New AW 3DWeb Page" Demo
  • Oct 16th, 9:30 -11:30am Pacific, 12:30-2:30pm EST, 4:30-6:30pm GMT: Roundtable 4 on "Forming Effective Virtual World Communities"
  • Oct 9th, 9:30 -11:30am Pacific, 12:30-2:30pm EST, 4:30-6:30pm GMT: Roundtable 3 on "Funding & Multi-Institutional Projects - Challenges & Opportunities "
  • Sept 25th, 9:30 -11:30am Pacific, 12:30-2:30pm EST, 4:30-6:30pm GMT: Roundtable 2 on "World Design and the Educational Experience"
  • Sept 18th, 9:30 -11:30am Pacific, 12:30-2:30pm EST, 4:30-6:30pm GMT: Roundtable 1 on "Technology Issues in Virtual Worlds"
For chat logs see Building Blocks Project - Fall Roundtable Series

Other Activities

  • Katy Börner, Margaret Corbit & Bonnie DeVarco: Building Blocks for Virtual Worlds, Final Project Report, March 2003.
  • Katy Börner: Computer-mediated means for sharing knowledge. In Encyclopedia of Community, Sage, 2003 (in press).
  • Bonnie DeVarco & Margaret Corbit: 3D Multi-user Virtual Worlds for Education: Knowledge Building in the

  • Community. Proceedings of CSCL 2002- Computer Support for Collaborative Learning 2002 - Foundations for a CSCL Community.
  • Katy Börner, Ying Feng & Tamara McMahon: Collaborative Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries. Second ACM+IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, July 14-18, 2002, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • Katy Börner, Richie Hazlewood & Sy-Miaw Lin (2002) Visualizing the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of User Interaction Data Collected in Three-Dimensional Virtual Worlds. Sixth International Conference on Information Visualization, London, England, July 10-12, 2002.
  • Katy Börner: Using Twin Worlds to Research Digital Cities and Their Evolving Communities. The Second Kyoto Meeting on Digital Cities Digital Cities 2001 - International Symposium and Workshop, Kyoto, Japan, October 18-20. To be published by Springer.
  • Margaret Corbit & Bonnie DeVarco: SciCentr and Biolearn: Two 3D Implementations of CVE Science Museums, Collaborative Virtual Environments (CVE 2000), September, 2000. 
Related Activities, Conferences & Workshops Support
This research is supported by Grant No. EIA-0124012 from the National Science Foundation to SRI International under subcontract to Indiana University.

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Last modified: 03/31/2003