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Avatar Supported Learning in a Virtual University

Oestreicher, Klaus, Kuzma, Joanne and Yen, Dorothy (2009) Avatar Supported Learning in a Virtual University. In: 29th SGAI International Conference on Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 15th - 17th December 2009, Peterhouse College, Cambridge.


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E-learning gains increasingly importance in academic education, and new opportunities emerge by the use of advanced avatar technology, specifically with the use of iBot2000 technology. 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, Sir Tony, a worldwide acknowledged robot expert, creator of Star Wars' R2D2, has developed the iBot2000 technology. These are intelligent virtual robots adaptable to different environments with the availability to speak different languages providing logic answers to questions asked. This technology offers blended E-learning entering the field of the virtual 3-D university (Dyson. 2009). The data was mainly collected through interviews with Sir Tony Dyson supporting the discovery of the inventor’s view on such technology’s advantages within academic studies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: virtual learning, avatar technology, iBot200, virtual university
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Klaus Oestreicher
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2009 14:21
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:24

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