A 3D world can be realistic like putting a person in a sales situation and asking them to perform or it can be more surreal like having a doctor walk through a giant heart to gain another perspective on human anatomy.
To create the right environment, you need to ask yourself some questions.
- Should the learning be in a realistic environment?
- Can it be in a more stylized or surreal setting or even a setting not possible in real life?
- What do the learners need to do in this environment?
- What role does the environment play in the learning process?
- Is the environment a backdrop to the learning experience or an integrated element required for learning?
On the other hand, VIEs can provide the learner with an immersive experience in which he or she could not otherwise venture. For example, a person can be dropped into the center of a volcano or shrunk to the size of a molecule and explore the blood stream or even experience life as a member of the opposite gender. VIEs can provide a context for teaching difficult to grasp concepts through immersion of the learner into a completely foreign environment. When considering the creation of a virtual world learning experience keep in mind the importance of the environment and make that a key element of your development process. __
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