Collaborative virtual learning environments for concept learning
by Paul Brna
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning (IJCEELL), Vol. 9, No. 3/4, 1999

Abstract: Semi-immersive and fully immersive virtual learning environments (VLEs) have been seen as providing an improvement over two-dimensional desktop simulations for learning. In addition, the trend towards computer-supported collaborative learning systems has led to the development of collaborative virtual learning environments (CVLEs) which offer new opportunities for learning. While there is evidence for virtual reality (VR) as an effective training medium in many areas (e.g. molecule docking, medical surgery, etc.), the situation is less clear for learning material with a significant degree of unfamiliar conceptual content. The development of a set of CVLEs as part of the DEVRL project is used to present a theoretically grounded approach to the design of CVLEs for learning conceptual material. The results from the pilot study are used to illuminate the theoretical issues. Finally the value of the CVLEs is assessed with regard to their use for learning.

Online publication date: Fri, 11-Dec-2009

The full text of this article is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning (IJCEELL):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email