A cost-effective approach for procedural training in virtual worlds

Rico-Almodóvar, Mariano and Ramírez Rodríguez, Jaime and Riofrío Luzcando, Diego and Berrocal Lobo, Marta (2017). A cost-effective approach for procedural training in virtual worlds. "Journal of Universal Computer Science", v. 23 (n. 2); pp. 208-232. ISSN 0948-695X. https://doi.org/10.3217/jucs-023-02-0208.


Title: A cost-effective approach for procedural training in virtual worlds
  • Rico-Almodóvar, Mariano
  • Ramírez Rodríguez, Jaime
  • Riofrío Luzcando, Diego
  • Berrocal Lobo, Marta
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Universal Computer Science
Date: 2017
ISSN: 0948-695X
Volume: 23
Freetext Keywords: Virtual realities; Virtual worlds; OpenSimulator; Procedural training; Computer-assisted instruction; Biology and genetic
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Inteligencia Artificial
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

Full text

PDF - Requires a PDF viewer, such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (457kB) | Preview


Virtual worlds are one of the most promising and interesting lines of research and development in e-learning. Also, the recent maturity of 3D virtual world platforms like Second Life or OpenSimulator has made it possible to deploy such systems at a low cost in schools, colleges or companies. Therefore, these virtual world platforms have enabled the development of cost-effective virtual laboratories. However, there are few empirical studies to support the educational value of Virtual Worlds for Procedural Training (VWPT), especially when they are equipped with automatic tutors. In this paper we present an empirical study that provides evidence in favor of the educational value of virtual worlds. To be precise, we describe the evaluation of a biotechnology VWPT implemented on top of OpenSimulator. We have implemented an automatic tutor within this virtual laboratory in order to supervise and guide students during task practice. This tutor is configurable and can be reused in different VWPTs. This facilitates the development of VWPTs. This virtual laboratory has been evaluated by domain experts (university professors) and students over a three-year period as part of a university course. The analysis of this evaluation has shown good results for usability, user satisfaction and perceived educational utility. It has also served to demonstrate that the virtual laboratory is resilient and reliable. This supports the applied technical approach.

Funding Projects

Government of SpainTIN2011-24139UnspecifiedUnspecifiedGo lite
Government of SpainJCI-2012-1271UnspecifiedUniversidad Politécnica de MadridUnspecified

More information

Item ID: 50093
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/50093/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:50093
DOI: 10.3217/jucs-023-02-0208
Official URL: http://www.jucs.org/jucs_23_2/a_cost_effective_approach
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 11 Jan 2019 09:51
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2021 07:54
  • Logo InvestigaM (UPM)
  • Logo GEOUP4
  • Logo Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Logo Sherpa/Romeo
    Check whether the anglo-saxon journal in which you have published an article allows you to also publish it under open access.
  • Logo Dulcinea
    Check whether the spanish journal in which you have published an article allows you to also publish it under open access.
  • Logo de Recolecta
  • Logo del Observatorio I+D+i UPM
  • Logo de OpenCourseWare UPM