Conducting Situated Learning in a Collaborative Virtual Environment

Y. Miao (Germany), N. Pinkwart (USA), and U. Hoppe (Germany)


Situated learning, computer simulation, collaborative virtual environment, car driving


In the view of situated learning theory, knowledge and understanding is fundamentally a product of a learning situation. Learning is situated and takes place by means of legitimate peripheral participation within the context of a community of practice. Based on the theory of situated learning, we develop conceptual and technical approaches to build a web-based collaborative 3D car-driving simulation environment that requires only low computing and development resources. Rather instructing individuals on a formal, structured, intensive and programmed base, this simulation environment supports members of virtual communities of practice to perform informal, unstructured, spontaneous, collaborative, situated learning.

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