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Designing for navigation and wayfinding in 3D virtual learning spaces

Minocha, Shailey and Hardy, Christopher (2011). Designing for navigation and wayfinding in 3D virtual learning spaces. In: 4th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference, 17-19 March 2011, Second Life (3D virtual world).

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Abstract

The ease of navigation and wayfinding in 3D learning spaces can impact on student‘s learning experiences and their ability to conduct activities. In this paper, we will report how we derived design guidelines for navigation and wayfinding in 3D learning spaces to aid designers and educators. Our research involved empirical investigations (user observations and interviews) involving students, educators, designers and literature review relating to web usability, game usability and navigation mechanisms in real-world environments. In this research paper, we will discuss a subset of the design guidelines and present best practice examples for navigational aids such as maps, signs, and teleportation.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: The Open University, UK, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University, UK
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Not SetNot SetFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University, UK
Extra Information: The video recording is available at: http://vodpod.com/watch/5812038-vwbpe-open-university-uk
Keywords: 3D learning spaces, 3D virtual learning environments; 3D virtual worlds; avatar-based interaction; empirical research; ethics in 3D virtual worlds; ethical guidelines for 3D research; navigation, Second Life; three-dimensional learning spaces; usability; usability of 3D learning spaces; virtual worlds; virtual world research; wayfinding; T802C
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 29283
Depositing User: Shailey Minocha
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2011 15:59
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 15:11
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29283
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