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An Approach for Integrating 3D Virtual Worlds with Multiagent Systems

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2 Author(s)
Jeanne Blair ; Sch. of Comput. & Inf. Syst., Athabasca Univ., Banff, AB, Canada ; Fuhua Lin

Education is incorporating more and more of the capabilities provided by the Internet. One such move is the incorporation of 3D virtual worlds in the learning environment. Another is the increasing development of multiagent systems that support the learner or the tutor. Integrating pedagogically based multiagent systems with 3D virtual worlds could provide a more engaging immersive learning environment. This paper explores the feasibility of integrating a 3D virtual world with a pedagogical multiagent system named QuizMASter, an educational game for elearning that helps students learn their course material through friendly competition. The integration was developed by devising, implementing and testing an approach using open source technologies, namely, Open Wonderland and JADE. The result is encouraging as the integration is technically feasible, not overly difficult and opens a door to further integration opportunities.

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Advanced Information Networking and Applications (WAINA), 2011 IEEE Workshops of International Conference on

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22-25 March 2011