Applications of Avatar Mediated Interaction to Teaching, Training, Job Skills and Wellness
The focus of this chapter is on the application of a framework for remotely delivering role-playing experiences that afford users the opportunity to practice real-world skills in a safe virtual setting. The framework, AMITIES, provides a single individual the capabilities to remotely orchestrate the performances of multiple virtual characters. We illustrate this by introducing avatar–enabled scenarios that range from teacher preparation to effectively dealing with complex interpersonal situations such as resistance to peer pressure and participation in job interviews (either as the interviewer or the interviewee).
The authors wish to recognize the contributions made by members of the SREAL and TeachLivE teams. We also wish to acknowledge the support provided by the Office of Naval Research Code 30 (Program Manager - Dr. Peter Squire) (N00014-12-1-0052 and N00014-12-1-1003), the National Science Foundation (CNS1051067, IIS1116615) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This project also received partial support from the Veterans Health Administration (SimLEARN). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.
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