In this paper we will discuss the unique possibilities of using three-dimensional virtual environments as an educational tool for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This paper will focus primarily on nonacademic skills such as social skills.
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, three-dimensional virtual learning environment. Drawing from similar methods in the area of learning and content management systems, the work presented in this paper… (More)
The Human Computer Interaction community is beginning to wrestle with the challenges of effective interaction design for groups collaborating in 3 dimensional virtual worlds. Understanding of the requirements and design processes necessary to support these new technologies is still emerging. While the gaming community has developed heuristics for game… (More)
Online learning in K-12 and higher education has been growing rapidly, and open source software has the potential to improve the quality of e-learning. This chapter describes how FOSS enables turning e-learning from a potentially restrictive and narrow framing of the education experience to an emergent and social experience. The chapter will identify… (More)
curriculum ABSTRACT This paper presents a case study of developing and implementing methods to capture, code and comprehend reciprocal social interactions in a three-dimensional virtual learning environment (3D VLE). The environment, iSocial, is being developed to help youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) develop social competencies. The approach to… (More)
Design based research (DBR) has been acknowledged as a productive approach for advancing educational technology. Coincidentally, open source software has been found to be a good fit for implementing design based research. This report presents a case study of a software project using a design-based research approach and free/open source software. The… (More)