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Developing skills teaching and learning using web standards and interactive 3D virtual environments and multimedia tools05/12/2018
Jorge Ferreira Franco, University of Salford,
Centre for Virtual Environments University of Salford Salford,
Great Manchester


Due to the fusion of computers and telecommunications and the expansion of Web, information has grown exponentially around the world, which has brought about the development of individual’s skills for understanding and synthesizing knowledge, applying them with effectiveness. Currently the field of information technology has offered a lot of flexibility for individuals improving their talents using high-tech tools, which are cost-effective for developing individuals’ virtual learning, sharing knowledge, creating and distributing content. With the fast-moving of cyberspace’s technologies, exploring the theory and practice of such technologies for teaching and learning will give the individuals the opportunity of experiencing concepts such as learning how to learn and lifelong learning. The designing of information systems requires the application of techniques from experimental psychology like exploratory learning, which is the combination of problem solving and learning behavior, covering trail and error and instruction taking activities (Reiman & Young, 1996). Several educational documented examples, mass media and Internet applications support the argument of employing multimedia tools, as well as virtual environments and their 2D and 3D interactive technologies such as HTML and VRML for a high quality Education. For instance, VRML is a language for implementing 3D models on the Web. It is designed to complement the communication on the Internet environment in a creative, dynamic and interactive way. Furthermore, VRML is cost-effective, its files are portable, reusable, supporting integrated multimedia (audio and video files)(Ames, 1997). This paper proposes that using multimedia and virtual environments tools can enhance the quality of open learning and distance education, as well improve communication among school members (teachers and students) and the outside community, supporting individuals’ development of human and technical skills together. Employing the state of the art of technology and humanity for sharing knowledge can improve respect and communication in the human interaction, as well generating creative, dynamic and better prepared people for effective professional life (Franco, 2000). For achieving these goals is fundamental that family, school, public and private sectors work together in a synergy network.

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