MUVEs as a Powerful Way to Study Situated Learning

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Conference Paper

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The Proceedings of Conference for Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)


International Society of the Learning Sciences

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This paper describes how multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) can simulate immersive, collaborative learning environments intermediate in complexity between recipe-like lab exercises and real world inquiry situations. We offer the River City MUVE as a case study that illustrates how rich logfiles provide scholars and teachers with detailed data to understand learning processes, to diagnose suboptimal patterns of student performance, and to assess the knowledge and skills students have mastered. This aids curriculum design and theory.

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