Port Chance: an expedition into the formation of an educational virtual world

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University of New Brunswick


This thesis was the result of participation in a larger multidisciplinary research initiative focused on the archaeology and heritage of the southeastern Labrador coast, specifically the nature of Inuit occupancy in the region. As part of the larger research initiative, this project was mandated to facilitate school and community access to emerging academic materials. To fulfill this mandate, a virtual world was created to express archaeological and historical materials through an interactive online social and educational platform. This thesis explores the process of creating and developing a virtual world while assessing its potential as an effective and engaging learning tool. The discussion details the theories and methods that were used to bring the research materials into an education-based online virtual world, and examines the process of recreating real-world objects encountered during the research.