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Croquet learning environments: extending the value of campus life into the online experience

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2 Author(s)
M. M. Lombardi ; Div. of Inf. Technol., Wisconsin Univ., Madison, WI, USA ; J. Lombardi

Croquet is a broadband communications platform with a 3D user interface and peer-to-peer network architecture that provides educators with a new expressive meta-medium that is capable of replicating - and in certain ways, surpassing - the most valuable features of campus life. By comparing the campus to a collaborative "information space" where we are free to roam and "interoperate" at will, we underscore the role that proprietary restrictions - operating systems, applications, and formats - have played in making online learning a remote, cramped, and emotionally "flat" experience. From there, we examine the technical hurdles that must be overcome before our online learning experiences can approximate the vitality of campus-based, socially contextualized education.

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Third International Conference on Creating, Connecting and Collaborating through Computing (C5'05)

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28-29 Jan. 2005