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1. (WO2000004478) A SYSTEM CONTAINING A MULTI-USER VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
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Pub. No.: WO/2000/004478 International Application No.: PCT/US1999/016103
Publication Date: 27.01.2000 International Filing Date: 16.07.1999
IPC:
G06Q 10/00 (2012.01) ,G09B 19/18 (2006.01) ,G09B 5/14 (2006.01)
G PHYSICS
06
COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
Q
DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
10
Administration; Management
G PHYSICS
09
EDUCATING; CRYPTOGRAPHY; DISPLAY; ADVERTISING; SEALS
B
EDUCATIONAL OR DEMONSTRATION APPLIANCES; APPLIANCES FOR TEACHING, OR COMMUNICATING WITH, THE BLIND, DEAF OR MUTE; MODELS; PLANETARIA; GLOBES; MAPS; DIAGRAMS
19
Teaching not covered by other main groups of this subclass
18
Book-keeping or economics
G PHYSICS
09
EDUCATING; CRYPTOGRAPHY; DISPLAY; ADVERTISING; SEALS
B
EDUCATIONAL OR DEMONSTRATION APPLIANCES; APPLIANCES FOR TEACHING, OR COMMUNICATING WITH, THE BLIND, DEAF OR MUTE; MODELS; PLANETARIA; GLOBES; MAPS; DIAGRAMS
5
Electrically-operated educational appliances
08
providing for individual presentation of information to a plurality of student stations
14
with provision for individual teacher-student communication
Applicants:
THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE [US/US]; 222 North 20th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103, US
Inventors:
JONSSON, Arne; US
TESTANI, Sandra; US
WAGNER, Edward; US
BURDICK, Josh; US
Agent:
BAILEY, Matthew, T.; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 1800 M Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20036-5869, US
Priority Data:
60/093,29817.07.1998US
Title (EN) A SYSTEM CONTAINING A MULTI-USER VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
(FR) SYSTEME A ENVIRONNEMENT PEDAGOGIQUE VIRTUEL MULTI-UTILISATEUR
Abstract:
(EN) A virtual environment (400) for solving business-oriented problems by interactive-collaborative learning involving one or more participants (406) that are monitored by a facilitator (404). The virtual environment for facilitating collaborative decision-making is implemented on an interactive distributed network. Upon 'entering' the virtual environment, each participant chooses a virtual persona or 'avatar' and each participant may navigate through the virtual environment individually or with other participants. The facilitator guides and monitors participants' navigation through the virtual environment and the facilitator may prompt the participants to negotiate complex problems presented by a software application to reach collaborative decisions. Additionally, the facilitator may interact one-to-one with each participant or with a selective group of participants or with all of the participants. Each participant utilizes a three-dimensional application that is executed on a client computer system and the facilitator's functions and other functions relating to the virtual environment may be stored on a server computer.
(FR) La présente invention concerne un environnement virtuel (400) permettant de résoudre des problèmes à caractère économique grâce à un système interactif de collaboration pédagogique faisant intervenir un ou plusieurs participants (406) sous le contrôle d'un moniteur (404). Cet environnement virtuel dont le but est de faciliter le processus d'apprentissage, est mis en oeuvre dans le cadre d'un réseau réparti interactif. Au moment d'entrer dans l'environnement virtuel, chaque participant choisit un personnage virtuel, ou 'avatar'. Chacun d'eux peut naviguer dans l'environnement virtuel, seul ou avec d'autres participants. Le moniteur guide et surveille la navigation des participants dans l'environnement virtuel; il peut inviter les participants à régler des problèmes complexes présentés dans un logiciel de manière à prendre des décisions concertées. De plus, il peut interagir au coup par coup avec chacun ou avec l'ensemble des participants. Chaque participant utilise une application tridimensionnelle exécutée sur un système informatique client. Les fonctions du moniteur et autres fonctions en rapport avec l'environnement virtuel peuvent être stockées dans l'ordinateur serveur.
Designated States: AE, AL, AM, AT, AU, AZ, BA, BB, BG, BR, BY, CA, CH, CN, CU, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, GB, GD, GE, GH, GM, HR, HU, ID, IL, IN, IS, JP, KE, KG, KP, KR, KZ, LC, LK, LR, LS, LT, LU, LV, MD, MG, MK, MN, MW, MX, NO, NZ, PL, PT, RO, RU, SD, SE, SG, SI, SK, SL, TJ, TM, TR, TT, UA, UG, UZ, VN, YU, ZA, ZW
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (GH, GM, KE, LS, MW, SD, SL, SZ, UG, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, CH, CY, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, GW, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)
Also published as:
AU1999051064