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Avatar Supported Learning in a Virtual University

Oestreicher, Klaus and Kuzma, Joanne and Yen, Dorothy (2010) Avatar Supported Learning in a Virtual University. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (4). pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

As e-learning gains importance in academic education, new opportunities emerge by the use of advanced avatar technology, specifically with the use of iBot2000 technology to create “robot avatars” as teachers. The objectives of the paper are to study the options, extent and limitations of avatar technology for academic studies in under- and postgraduate courses. In recent years, Tony Dyson, a worldwide acknowledged robot expert, creator of Star Wars' R2D2, has developed the iBot2000 technology. It is used to create intelligent virtual robots adaptable to different environments with the ability to speak different languages providing logical answers to questions asked. This technology offers the opportunity for blended e-learning to enter the field of the virtual 3-D university (Dyson 2009). Information about this was collected through interviews with Tony Dyson revealing the inventor’s view on such technology’s advantages within academic studies.

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Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (WJLT) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published electronically by the Academic Development and Practice Unit at the University of Worcester to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching written by staff associated with the University and its partners.

Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual learning, avatar technology, iBot2000, virtual university
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2010 08:15
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2010 05:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/948

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