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Memorias de investigación
Research Publications in journals:
A Cost-Effective Approach for Procedural Training in Virtual Worlds
Year:2017
Research Areas
  • Hypermedia,
  • Computer applications,
  • Virtual reality
Information
Abstract
Virtual worlds are one of the most promising and interesting lines of research and development in e-learning. Also, the recent maturity of 3D virtual world platforms like Second Life or OpenSimulator has made it possible to deploy such systems at a low cost in schools, colleges or companies. Therefore, these virtual world platforms have enabled the development of cost-effective virtual laboratories. However, there are few empirical studies to support the educational value of Virtual Worlds for Procedural Training (VWPT), especially when they are equipped with automatic tutors. In this paper we present an empirical study that provides evidence in favor of the educational value of virtual worlds. To be precise, we describe the evaluation of a biotechnology VWPT implemented on top of OpenSimulator. We have implemented an automatic tutor within this virtual laboratory in order to supervise and guide students during task practice. This tutor is configurable and can be reused in different VWPTs. This facilitates the development of VWPTs. This virtual laboratory has been evaluated by domain experts (university professors) and students over a three-year period as part of a university course. The analysis of this evaluation has shown good results for usability, user satisfaction and perceived educational utility. It has also served to demonstrate that the virtual laboratory is resilient and reliable. This supports the applied technical approach.
International
Si
JCR
Si
Title
Journal of Universal Computer Science
ISBN
0948-695X
Impact factor JCR
0,401
Impact info
Datos JCR del año 2013
Volume
Journal number
From page
208
To page
232
Month
SIN MES
Ranking
Participants
  • Autor: Mariano Rico Almodovar (UPM)
  • Autor: Jaime Ramirez Rodriguez (UPM)
  • Autor: Diego Riofrío Luzcando (UPM)
  • Autor: Marta Berrocal Lobo (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Interacción Persona Ordenador y Sistemas Interactivos Avanzados
  • Departamento: Inteligencia Artificial
  • Departamento: Sistemas y Recursos Naturales
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