3D multi-player games and virtual worlds: empirical research and case studies

Hi all,

(My apologies for the cross posting!)

I am currently conducting a literature review and compiling an annotated bibliography on the use of 3D multi-player online games and virtual worlds for collaborative learning. If you are aware of any published reports of *empirical* studies (i.e. containing actual qualitative or quantitative data, as opposed to theoretical/conceptual or position papers) and/or case studies/exemplars of practice in this area, I would be most grateful if you could point me in their direction! So far, most of the papers I have come across have been severely lacking in data, and, unfortunately, have been based largely on rhetoric rather than solid evidence.

I'd be more than happy to collate all responses received and share them with anyone who may be interested.


Many thanks in advance,



Mark

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Btw, I am always looking for more information to put up on the publications page - and over the next few weeks I will be adding more content. So please do suggest any further content (videos, papers, links, presentations etc).

While I'm here, I'll mention that the Call for Papers deadline is Friday 10 April 2009. More info at www.slanguages.net/callforpapers.php.


Thanks.
Howard
You may want to contact Professor Ken Perlin, who is currently conducting research at the Games for Learning Institute at New York University.

Also, I would welcome a compilation of what you receive, as per your offer. Thanks!

Dean
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I see the original post is a little over a year old, but I just came across it now. Having said that here are two websites/articles you may find useful. The first is a news article, but I'm sure you can contact the lead researcher at UCF for more info. The second link is a study in the AACE Journal (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education).

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