One of the newest online worlds is one specifically created for learning. These worlds have been called virtual learning worlds (VLWs) and multiuser virtual environments (MUVEs), but the term that best captures this environment is massively multilearner online learning environment (MMOLE).
It is enough to make a learning professional’s head spin. Every day there is a new story about online worlds providing new learning environments. Articles and books are describing how a generation raised on video games is invading the workplace and demanding new online learning environments. Unfortunately, for those not on the bleeding edge of game technologies, all this talk of virtual worlds, avatars, MMORPGs, metaverses, and microworlds seems right out of a science fiction novel and, in some cases, it is.
Learning professionals are left in the unenviable position of trying to sort it all out. What is the difference between a metaverse and a MMORPG? What is an avatar? Is Second Life a MMORPG? Is there an online world built specifically for learning?
Article from Learning Circuits: Defining and Understanding Virtual Worlds.
Attending a class in the metaverse Second Life.