Learning in Metaverses: Co-Existing in Real Virtuality

Learning in Metaverses: Co-Existing in Real Virtuality

Eliane Schlemmer (UNISINOS - São Leopoldo, Brazil) and Luciana Backes (UNILASALLE - Canoas, Brazil)
Release Date: August, 2014|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 356
ISBN13: 9781466663510|ISBN10: 1466663510|EISBN13: 9781466663527|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6351-0

Description

The potential of virtual world technologies to improve teaching and learning has been recognized in recent years, creating new possibilities for teaching and learning processes, with virtual environments impacting the achievement of student learning and collaboration.

Learning in Metaverses: Co-Existing in Real Virtuality discusses a better way to understand this new learning universe, exploring the possibilities of new social organization through the use of avatars in virtual worlds. Examining platforms such as Web 3D, metaverse, MDV3D, ECODI, hybrid living and sharing spaces, gamification, alternate reality, mingled reality, and augmented reality to evaluate the possibilities for their implementation in education, this reference book will be of use to academics, educators, students, researchers, gamers, and professionals.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital Culture
  • Digital Virtual Presence
  • Network Learning Culture
  • Nomadic Hybridism
  • Online Education
  • Telepresence
  • Virtual Learning
  • Virtual Worlds

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Eliane Schlemmer / Violet Ladybird (avatar) is a Scholar in Productivity in Research from CNPq. She is a Doctor in Informatics and Education and Master in Psychology granted by the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS. She graduated in Informatics from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – UNISINOS. She is currently a Researcher Professor in the Pos Graduation Program in Education at UNISINOS (ranked 7 by CAPES), in the Pedagogy Course and Digital Games Course. She is the leader of the Digital Education Research Group – GPe-dU UNISINOS/CNPq, since its creation in 2004 and a member of the Committee Board of the Catholic Higher Education Institutions Network (Comitê Gestor da Rede de Instituições Católicas de Ensino Superior) - RICESU. She is a concept maker and developer of software and educational digital virtual environments, such as: Virtual Learning Environment – AVA-UNISINOS, 3D 3D Digital Virtual WorldAWSINOS (Eduverse Metaverse), UNISINOS Island and RICESU Island (Second Life), Communicative Agent MARIÁ – (developed together with the Pos Graduation Program in Applied Computing), and Virtual Learning Environment for mobile devices – COMTEXT® (Competencies in Context – developed in partnership with the Pos Graduation Program in Administration and with the Pos Graduation Program in Applied Computing). She is also a concept maker of the concept-technology Digital Virtual Space of Living and Sharing – ECODI. The main areas she works in are research, development, teaching, advisement and consultancy in the Educational area: Digital Education, New modalities in Education (online Education and its derivations: e-learning, b-learning, m-learning, p-learning, u-learning), Virtual Learning Environments, Metaverses (Digital Virtual Worlds in 3 dimensions – Immersive Learning), Gamification, Digital Virtual Communities of Learning, and Project Methodology. She has been working, since 1989, in the area with experience in Children’s Education, Elementary Education, High School, and Graduate Studies including Pos Graduation – in the specialization levels masters and doctorate and in advisement and consultancy in capacitating. Several of her articles have been published in journals and events throughout Brazil and abroad, besides being the author of books and chapters in books published in Brazil, Latin America, United States and Europe. She is the author of the books, M-learning and U-learning: Novas Perspectivas da Aprendizagem Móvel e Ubíqua, edited by Pearson Prentice Hall, in 2011 and Comunidades de Aprendizagem e de Prática em Metaversos, edited by Cortez in 2012.
Luciana Backes / Luci Bebb (avatar) is a Scholar in the Post Doctoral State Abroad from CAPES at l’Université Paris Descartes – Paris V – Sorbonne, in the context of the Centre d’Études sur l’Actuel et le Quotidien (CEAQ). She is a Doctor in Education received from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS) and in Sciences de l’Éducation by Université Lumière Lyon 2. She received a Masters in Education from UNISINOS and Specialist in Informatics in Distance Education from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). She graduated in Pedagogy also from UNISINOS. She is currently a Researcher Professor in the Pos Graduation Program in Education from the Centro Universitário La Salle (UNILASSALE), in the Computing Course. She is a member of the Research Group in Digital Education – GPe-dU UNISINOS/CNPq, the Research Group of Contemporanea Culture, socialbilities and educational practices – UNILASALLE/CNPq, and the Groupe de Recherche sur la Technique et le Quotidien – GRETECH/Sorbonne. Through different groups, he develops research projects and theorization about Education, Educator’s Formation, Pedagogical Practices, Digital Technologies, Emerging Digital Technologies (mainly in metaverses – 3D Digital Virtual World– in the context of digital technological Hybridism), Virtual Communities of Learning, Tribes, Structural Coupling in different domains, Configuring of Digital Virtual Spaces, Constitution of Co-existing of Digital Virtual Nature, and Emerging Culture in Digital Virtual Spaces. She has been working, since 1989, in the area with experience in Children Education, Elementary Education, High School, Professionalizing Education, and Graduate Studies including Pos Graduation – in the specialization levels of masters and doctorate. She has also worked in human resources in the capacitating and development processes. Several of her articles have been published in journals and events in Brazil and abroad, besides being the author of books and chapters in books published in Brazil. She is one of the authors of the book Comunidades de Aprendizagem e de Prática em Metaversos, edited by Cortez in 2012.

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