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3D Online Learning Environments for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security Training PROCEEDINGS

, University of North Texas, United States ; , Created Realities Group, United States

World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Washington, DC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-54-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper presents information concerning the use of 3D Internet-based multi-user technologies, such as 3D online learning environments, for the creation of cost-effective, massive interactive training sessions and simulations. This approach can provide a cost-effective means to provide large-scale training, using multi-user interaction in situated learning. The availability of relatively low-cost desktop virtual reality systems makes this technology feasible for wider use. Possibilities might include large-scale inter-agency training, simulations of situations not easily presented through live in-person training, and other training and simulations that require repetition and engagement in order to master activities. The University of North Texas is currently using a 3D online learning environment designed by Created Realities Group to enhance online course delivery. This same system can be expanded to provide affordable situational training.

Citation

Jones, G. & Hicks, J. (2004). 3D Online Learning Environments for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security Training. In J. Nall & R. Robson (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2004 (pp. 2707-2712). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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