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Collaboration in a virtual world : support for conceptual learning?

Brna, P; Aspin, R


P Brna

R Aspin


Immersive and semi‐immersive Virtual Reality (VR) systems have been used for training in the execution of procedures, in exploring (often static) 3D structures such as architectural designs or geographical features, and in designing buildings or constructing molecules. In a separate line of technological development, the availability of distributed computing capabilities has led to VR systems that provide facilities for groups of students that are geographically separated to learn together in a collaborative manner. However, relatively little work has been done to investigate the advantages of such Collaborative Virtual Environments (CVEs) for learning the underlying conceptual content.

A pilot study is described which features several worlds designed as part of the Distributed Extensible Virtual Reality Laboratory (DEVRL). The basic results are presented along with a discussion as to how the research could be moved forward to provide improved support for conceptua l learning. The discussion also raises the issues of how the interfaces design affects conceptual learning; of navigation and conceptual learning; of the role of collaboration in learning; and of the difficulties associated with constructing dynamic VR worlds.


Brna, P., & Aspin, R. (1998). Collaboration in a virtual world : support for conceptual learning?. Education and Information Technologies, 3(3/4), 247-259.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 1998
Deposit Date May 20, 2019
Journal Education and Information Technologies
Print ISSN 1360-2357
Publisher Springer Verlag
Volume 3
Issue 3/4
Pages 247-259
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