A Comparison of 3D Collaborative Virtual Learning Environments: OpenSim vs. Second Life

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Year:
2012
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
3D Virtual Learning Environments, Collaborative Learning, OpenSim, Open Source Learning Environments, Second Life
Authors:
Journal:
International Journal of e-Collaboration
Volume:
8
Number:
4
Pages:
8-21
Month:
October-December
Abstract:
This paper focuses on 3D Collaborative Virtual Learning Environments, examining the state of the art in both open source and proprietary software. Issues pertaining to the use of open source Collaborative Virtual Learning Environments are discussed,rationalizing the choice of executing a collaborative learning scenario in Second Life. The scenario isthen presented and evaluation results assessthe appropriateness of the chosen platform with regards to its technical and pedagogical affordances. Finally, students’suggestions and reactions towards such a novel didactical approach are discussed.


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