Virtual City as a Place for Educational and Social Activities

Mikhail Fominykh, Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland, Mikhail Morozov, Alexey Gerasimov

Abstract


In recent years, virtual worlds have become increasingly popular in education and social life. Using a ?city? metaphor, we are developing a 3D virtual world enriched with social and educational tools. This virtual world allows performing a number of activities, such as exploring the city, learning and communicating with its citizens, building a social network. In this paper we report the results of case studies we have performed to explore users? activities and behavior in a virtual city context. Our goal was to investigate how such a city can facilitate learning and socializing, also in a cross-cultural context. Based on the empirical results, we derive a list of recommendations for a virtual city as a place for social and educational activities.

Keywords


3D educational virtual worlds; collaborative learning; virtual city

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. ISSN: 1863-0383
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