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OSCC13 - Activity in Context - Planning to Keep Learners in the Zone

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Published on Sep 30, 2013

Activity in Context - Planning to Keep Learners 'in the Zone' for Scenario-based Mixed-Initiative Training in Virtual Worlds

This paper explores how to provide support in a training-orientated "I-Zone" augmented by intelligent systems technology - with the aim of providing a virtual space for intelligent scenario-based learning. The approach is to: 1) constrain the world situation and activities possible, 2) select relevant tasks and events , 3) inject events to situation to keep learners 'in the zone', 4) induce appropriate learner 'activity in context'.

Austin Tate is Director of the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute (AIAI) and holds the Personal Chair of Knowledge-Based Systems at the University of Edinburgh. He holds computing and e-Learning degrees and a PhD in Machine Intelligence. His research work is focused on emergency response and involves advanced knowledge and planning technologies, and collaborative systems especially using virtual worlds. He is Coordinator for the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue) and runs the Openvue OpenSimulator grid.

About the OpenSimulator Community Conference 2013: The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the community around the OpenSimulator software. The conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base. Organized as a joint production by the Overte Foundation and AvaCon, Inc., the first annual conference was hosted on an OpenSimulator grid specifically designed for the conference, and had 369 attendees.

For more information see http://conference.opensimulator.org.

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