Collaborative Virtual Learning Environment Using Synthetic Characters

  • Zhigeng Pan
  • Jiejie Zhu
  • Mingming Zhang
  • Weihua Hu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3583)


This research work not only proposes a deep insight to initiative and vivid concept modeling which makes use of several techniques like flash animation, rolling image-based introduction, virtual experiment, etc., but also explores the potential integration of synthetic characters with virtual learning environment to better simulate the social interaction and social awareness. Through analysis of constructivist learning theory, we present a new learning strategy with pedagogical agent. Based on this strategy, we take CG course in practice as an example to implement our multi-user application for individual learning and collaborative learning. Experiment results show that learning attraction, especially some difficult concept understanding, is very inspiring, and learning result is hopefully improved.


Collaborative Virtual Learning Environment Synthetic Character Social Interaction Constructivist Learning Theory Knowledge Visualization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhigeng Pan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jiejie Zhu
    • 2
  • Mingming Zhang
    • 2
  • Weihua Hu
    • 1
  1. 1.Hangzhou Dianzi UniversityHangzhouP.R.China
  2. 2.State Key Lab of CAD&CGZhejiang UniversityHangzhouP.R.China

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