This project aims to develop
design principles for a starter kit for educational virtual worlds. It
will synthesize lessons learned by the VLearn3D.org
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 VLearn3D.org for discussion and input. Final recommendations
for the starter kit will be contributed to the CILT database and posted
at VLearn3D.org. 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.
Börner, Indiana University
Corbit, Cornell University
DeVarco, Vlearn 3D SIG of Contact Consortium
Rooney, Research Intern, VLearn3D Building Blocks Project
Wright, Indiana University
Peth, Cornell University
Other Project Participants:
Patrick McKercher, UC Santa
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
VLearn3D.org and AWEDU community
Information Universe at Indiana University
Fall Roundtable Series
in VLearn World, AWEDU
For chat logs see Building
Blocks Project - Fall Roundtable Series
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"
April 21-25, 2003 "Design
principles for educational virtual environments" at the CILTs design
principles interactive poster session at AERA,
Dec 4, 2002 I-Light
Applications Workshop, University Place Conference Center, Indianapolis,
September 2002 "Questionnaire
Session in AWEDU"
July 2002 "The Global Classroom
of Cyberspace" Emerging Technologies Pavilion, "ThinkQuestLIVE
- Exploring the Future of Learning" [Bonnie DeVarco, Margaret Corbit]
June 2002 "QuantumVIZ-
Social Networks, Planetary Visualization & Dynamic InfoScapes - 2D,
3D, N-D" [Bonnie DeVarco, John Graham]
December 2001 - "Vlearn3D
2001 - Knowledge Spaces & Information Landscapes - Interactivity and
Information Visualization in Virtual Worlds" [Bonnie DeVarco, Margaret
October 2000 "Vlearn3D
2000 - Live 3D, Learn 3D: Building Global Learning Communities through
Collaboration, Knowledge Networks & Play" [Margaret Corbit,
October 2000 "Tech
Innovation 2000- Building Global Learning Communities through E-Learning,
Collaboratories and Knowledge Networks", University of California,
Santa Cruz [Bonnie DeVarco]
September 2000 Online
Learning 2000 "Active Worlds and Education" [Bonnie DeVarco, Margaret
May 2000 "EarthVIZ - Digital
Earth, Telescience and Realtime3D"; University of California, Santa Cruz,
May 1999 "Vlearn3D 1999 - Virtual
Worlds in Formal and Informal Education" - Cornell Theory Center and University
of California, Santa Cruz [Margaret Corbit, Bonnie DeVarco]
1999, 2000, 2001 "Avatars
and VLearn3D" CONTACT - Cultures of the Imagination [Bonnie DeVarco]
April 1999 "Virtual Worlds and
their avatar communities on the Internet" Virtual Communities Conference
- VirComm '99 [Bruce Damer, Bonnie DeVarco]
August 1999 "Bridging people-intelligence
via telecommunication and other technologies" 3rd International Cognitive
Technology Conference "Networked Minds" Cti'99 [Bonnie DeVarco]
October 1998 "AVATARS
'98 - VLearn Education Track" [Bonnie DeVarco]
Related Activities, Conferences
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
Bonnie DeVarco & Margaret
Corbit: 3D Multi-user Virtual Worlds for Education: Knowledge Building
in the Vlearn3D.org
Community. Proceedings of
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,
Virtual Environments (CVE 2000), September, 2000.
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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