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Visualizing Behavioral Data from a 3D Virtual Learning Environment: A Preliminary Study

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Title:Visualizing Behavioral Data from a 3D Virtual Learning Environment: A Preliminary Study
Authors:Schmidt, Matthew
Laffey, James
Author Affiliation:Matthew Schmidt - University of Hawaii at Manoa
James Laffey - University of Missouri
Date Issued:2012
Abstract:This paper describes a preliminary study which attempted to apply learning analytics methods to usage data generated by students with autism spectrum disorders using iSocial, a collaborative, threedimensional virtual learning environment. Drawing from similar methods in the area of learning and content management systems, the work presented in this paper considers two types of user behaviors that are not present in LMS/CMS and are unique to 3D VLEs: avatar movement and spoken dialogue. The method developed for capturing avatar movements and spoken dialogue and writing these data to a log file is explained, along with a description of the process the research team underwent in order to transform the log data into graphical depictions of user behavior over time. Examples of five different visualization types are examined. Conclusions and directions for future research are provided.
Pages/Duration:15 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections: TCC 2012 Proceedings

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