Virtual Environment for Collaborative Distance Learning With Video Synchronization

Suhit Gupta & Gail E. Kaiser
We present a 3D collaborative virtual environment, CHIME, in which geographically dispersed students can meet together in study groups or to work on team projects. Conventional educational materials from heterogeneous backend data sources are reflected in the virtual world through an automated metadata extraction and projection process that structurally organizes container materials into rooms and interconnecting doors, with atomic objects within containers depicted as furnishings and decorations. A novel in-world authoring tool makes it easy...
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