3D On-line Distributed Learning Environments: An Old Concept with a New Twist
Greg Jones, University of North Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper discusses how the concept of on-line distributed learning environments is being remade with advances in affordable computing hardware, video graphics, and Internet access. The original concept from the 1970's of synchronous on-line computer mediated communications is changing in ways that can be a benefit to communities using distributed learning methods. The approach fits between course delivery that uses web-based with e-mail/bulletin-board feedback and more bandwidth intensive video conferencing technology. 3D on-line environments are appropriate to a large segment of students that still do not have broadband Internet because of cost and/or access. This paper discusses 3D on-line environments, explains the technology, and gives an example of a 3D on-line learning environment being used at the University of North Texas, Department of Technology and Cognition.
Jones, G. (2004). 3D On-line Distributed Learning Environments: An Old Concept with a New Twist. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 507-512). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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