Distributed Virtual Reality Environments Over Web for Distance Education

TitleDistributed Virtual Reality Environments Over Web for Distance Education
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsBouras, C, Philopoulos, A
Conference NameEDEN Conference, Bologna, Italy
Date Published24 - 26 June

Virtual Environments for education have been discussed in various ways. While advanced multi-user
educational VEs are still speculation, simpler VEs based on standard technologies have been in
existence for some time. On the other hand, there is a great enthusiasm for promoting Virtual Reality
as a major factor in future (and present) environments for training and education. In this paper, we
discuss the concept of the Distributed Virtual Environments and the use of them in distance education
applications. Next, we consider VRML technology as the key technology for building such
environments and we present the basic features and functionalities of it that make it suitable for
delivering VEs over the Web. In addition to this, we present some of the roles of VRML in education.
Finally, we conclude with some recommendations on the construction of Virtual Reality
Environments for educational purposes.