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3D immersive environments (3DIE) refer to technologies in which the user is immersed and uses an avatar to interact with the environment, animated agents, and artifacts. Many 3DIEs allow multiple users and communication occurs via chat messaging or audio as part of scenarios intended to foster learning activities that are often game like or role-playing. There are several terms used to describe 3DIE systems, such as virtual worlds, virtual learning environments, multiuser virtual environments (MUVE), computer games or serious games, immersive simulations, and so on. Examples used for educational purposes include Quest Atlantis, Whyville, EcoMUVE, and Omosa Virtual World. This entry discusses the history of 3DIEs, gives some examples, and discusses learning successful approaches in 3DIEs.

Historical Overview

In terms of the history of 3DIEs, there ...

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