SBIR Phase I: Student Assessment from Mobility Analysis in Virtual World Learning

Period of Performance: 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010

$143K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Seftec
5000 Beth Street
Douglasville, GA 30135
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will measure avatar mobility in an Internet virtual world learning environment to correlate with student educational psychology measures. The project seeks to develop learning experience modules in a virtual world for biology instruction and computer-assisted student assessment with minimal involvement by real world classroom instructors. The intellectual merit of this activity is to assess the extent that educational activities in a virtual environment mimic real world classroom behavior, and hence whether trace analysis of avatar mobility correlates with educational psychology measures of students. The learning modules to be developed can replace the need and expense of real world field trips, for instance, ecology plot surveys or island bio-geography studies. This would lower costs for the biology lab course, and allow the instructor to focus on individual assistance during the sessions.