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A VR‐based shared web system for distance education

Timothy K Shih (Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Tamkang University, Taiwan, ROC)
Ya‐Fung Chang (Center for Teacher Education, Tamkang University, Taiwan, ROC.)
Hun‐Hui Hsu (Department of French Language and Literature, Tamkang University, Taiwan, ROC)
Ying‐Hong Wang (Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Tamkang University, Taiwan, ROC)
Yung‐Hui Chen (Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Tamkang University, Taiwan, ROC)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Article publication date: 30 November 2004

Abstract

Distance education has been an important research issue of multimedia computing and communication. Since the instructional activities are implemented on cyberspace, how to control behaviors of students and to increase the degree of communication awareness have been a challenging issue. We propose a system based on the scaffolding theory. Behaviors of students are supervised by an intelligent control system, which is programmed by the instructor under our generic interface. The interface is built based on virtual reality and real‐time communication technologies. Students and instructors have their individual avatars that are controlled by a video game like navigation. Those behaviors that violate virtual campus regulations are detected and interceptive actions are performed. The proposed system is implemented on a Windows system and can be used for general purpose of distance education.

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Citation

Shih, T.K., Chang, Y., Hsu, H., Wang, Y. and Chen, Y. (2004), "A VR‐based shared web system for distance education", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 1 No. 4, pp. 225-238. https://doi.org/10.1108/17415650480000025

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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