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Designing user learning experience in Virtual Worlds: the Young Europeans for Democracy serious application

Gonçalo Cruz
INESCTEC/UTAD - University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal

Ana Maia
CIDTFF/UTAD - University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal

Paulo Martins
INESCTEC/UTAD - University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal

Leonel Morgado
INESCTEC/UTAD - University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal

Benjamim Fonseca
INESCTEC/UTAD - University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal

Hugo Paredes
INESCTEC/UTAD - University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal

Fernando Bessa
UTAD - University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal

Clara Rodrigues
Future Ballons Unipessoal Lda.
Portugal

Abstract:
In this paper, we present the user experience design of Young Europeans for Democracy (YED) serious application. Facing the actually need to support young citizens understanding and participation in Europe, schools have a key role on European studies integration. Accordingly to the growing opportunities of applying technology for training and education, we propose a serious application in a open-source 3D Virtual World environment solution, adopting a problem-based learning approach, role-playing dynamics and group work tasks. The main goal is to design a meaningfully user experience, increasing the students motivation and engagement for learning different knowledge on the topics of European Studies. Some preliminary results are presented, based on participatory observation within the use of the serious application.

 

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