Using Virtual Worlds for Scenario-based Training

  • Author / Creator
    Chodos, David L
  • In this thesis, we present a novel, robust virtual world-based educational platform. The framework provides scenario definition and execution capabilities that support the creation and delivery of a wide range of virtual world-based training scenarios. The components built upon this framework, meanwhile, include a set of recording and analysis tools that enable the instructors to assess students’ behaviour in a comprehensive manner. We also present several empirical evaluations that provide evidence of the framework’s utility and educational relevance. Through a case study in an EMT training context, we provide support for the functionality of the framework in delivering a collaboration-focused training scenario. In a marketing case study, we provide a demonstration of the range of analysis capabilities incorporated into the system. Finally, working within an ER context, we provide evidence of the educational impact of a scenario developed with the framework.

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  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Department of Computing Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Stroulia, Eleni (Computing Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Jennifer Jenson (Education, York University)
    • Sharla King (Educational Psychology)
    • Osmar Zaiane (Computing Science)
    • Ken Wong (Computing Science)