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Strategies and Challenges to Facilitate Situated Learning in Virtual Worlds Post-Second Life

By Marc Conrad, Adil Hassan, Lyzgeo Koshy, Aslan Kanamgotov, Athanasios Christopoulos
Theoretical and Practical Computer Applications in Entertainment, [Vol. 15, No. 1]

DOI: 10.1145/3010078

Virtual worlds can establish a stimulating environment to support a situated learning approach in which students simulate a task within a safe environment. While in previous years Second Life played a major role in providing such a virtual environment, there are now more and more alternative—often OpenSim-based—solutions deployed within the educational community. By drawing parallels to social networks, we discuss two aspects: how to link individually hosted virtual worlds together in order to implement context for immersion and how to identify and avoid “fake” avatars so people behind these avatars can be held accountable for their actions.

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