Integrated Series in Information Systems

Synthetic Worlds

Emerging Technologies in Education and Economics

Editors: Hebbel-Seeger, Andreas, Reiners, Torsten, Schäffer, Dennis (Eds.)

  • Presents the latest research on synthetic world use in business and education
  • Explores implementation, business models, and economic issues
  • Considers likely future scenarios for this fast-growing sector of the economy
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Synthetic Worlds, Virtual Worlds, and Alternate Realities are all terms used to describe the phenomenon of computer-based, simulated environments in which users inhabit and interact via avatars.  The best-known commercial applications are in the form of electronic gaming, and particularly in massively-multiplayer online role-playing games like World of Warcraft or Second Life.  Less known, but possibly more important, is the rapid adoption of platforms in education and business, where Serious Games are being used for training purposes, and even Second Life is being used in many situations that formerly required travel.

The editors of this book captures the state of research in the field intended to reflect the rapidly growing yet relatively young market in education and business. The general focus is set on the scientific community but integrates the practical applications for businesses, with papers on information systems, business models, and economics.

In six parts, international authors – all experts in their field – discuss the current state-of-the-art of virtual worlds/alternate realities and how the field will develop over the next years. Chapters discuss the influences and impacts in and around virtual worlds. Part four is about education, with a focus on learning environments and experiences, pedagogical models, and the effects on the different roles in the educational sector. The book looks at business models and how companies can participate in virtual worlds while receiving a return on investment, and includes cases and scenarios of integration, from design, implementation to application.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • TÜV NORD IN 3D: Avatars at Work—From Second Life to the Web 3D

    Boerger, Frank (et al.)

    Pages 3-62

  • How Linden Lab Built a Virtual World for Business and Education

    Miller, Jean

    Pages 63-84

  • 3D3C Real Virtual Worlds 2010: Definition and Visions for Researchers

    Sivan, Yesha

    Pages 85-99

  • Second Life as a Social Environment

    Adamus, Tanja (et al.)

    Pages 103-117

  • Social Navigation for Learning in Immersive Worlds

    Dron, Jon

    Pages 119-136

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eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $179.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-4120-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Synthetic Worlds
Book Subtitle
Emerging Technologies in Education and Economics
Editors
  • Andreas Hebbel-Seeger
  • Torsten Reiners
  • Dennis Schäffer
Series Title
Integrated Series in Information Systems
Series Volume
33
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6286-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6286-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6285-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4120-9
Series ISSN
1571-0270
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 415
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations, 161 illustrations in colour
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