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Abstract[Abstract]: Interaction is widely accepted as essential for learning. The challenge of distance education is to overcome transactional distance through provision of appropriate opportunities for interaction. Asynchronous and synchronous computer-mediated communication via text, audio and video has done much to reduce transactional distance. 3D online spaces may offer further opportunities to reduce transactional distance but it will be necessary to identify the most appropriate forms of interaction to be included in learning environments using such spaces. As an aid to investigating possible applications of 3D online spaces in distance education some means of mapping out the territory to be explored is desirable. This paper proposes one such map and suggests examples of applications that might be explored in various areas of the map.
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Albion, Peter (2008) Virtual worlds: exploring potential for educational interaction. In: ED-MEDIA 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008, 30 June - 4 July 2008, Vienna, Austria.