Creating genetic applications for informal science learning in multi-user virtual environments or virtual worlds

Christopher Maher, Margaret Corbit

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Abstract

At the Cornell Theory Center (CTC), Cornell University's high-performance computing and interdisciplinary research center, we have implemented a 3D multi-user virtual science museum, SciCentr. SciCentr is a virtual world based on Active Worlds client/server technology. Virtual worlds captivate users through touch (keyboard interaction), sound and sight. These virtual environments can be applied to formal and informal science education in areas such as genetics, as well as to language learning and social studies. We present a case study of our experience and attempt to identify some of the advantages of using this technology, design features of our implementation, and experiences we have had in managing the social interaction among educational users. More specifically, we discuss pilot user experiences focused on crop genetics in SciCentr's Plant Breeding Beds and on the related SciFair exhibits, both examples of collaborative experiences in our virtual worlds.

Original languageEnglish
Article number953430
Pages (from-to)291-298
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WETICE
Volume2001-January
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Bioinformatics
  • Collaboration
  • Crops
  • Educational technology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Technology management
  • Virtual environment
  • Visualization
  • Web pages

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