Iterative Evaluation of a Virtual Three-Dimensional Environment for Start-Up Entrepreneurship in different Application Scenarios

Johanna Pirker*, Christian Gütl

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    The Virtual Incubator World (VIW) is a virtual three-dimensional learning environment developed in Open Wonderland and is designed to support start-up entrepreneurs during the phases of knowledge acquisition, establishment of social networks and business idea exploitation. Therefore this environment is designed to support functionalities such as collaborative activities, possibilities to train key competences, resource provision but also role playing games. A helpful, motivational and friendly environment is the objective to be provided to the students, which supports different application scenarios and provides a collaborative solution for not only startup entrepreneurs but also for different target groups. Intention of the virtual world is to enhance learning activities in entrepreneurial courses, help start-up entrepreneurs in the beginning and also in the promotional phase and should facilitate the business incubator's activities. This paper introduces the different VIW branches designed for the needs of those different person groups, points out the different requirements and focuses on the evaluation of the defined application scenarios. According previous studies the major problems were defined as security, technical and acceptance issues. Due to iterative evaluations the VIW and according scenarios were improved to enhance in particular the users' acceptance of the novel e-learning and collaboration possibility by pointing out the advantages in comparison to conventional e-learning tools. Also technical issues were minimized by establishing exhaustive instructions and tutorials.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2012 15th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2012
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9781467324274
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event15th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning and 41st International Conference on Engineering Pedagogy: ICL 2012 - Villach, Austria
    Duration: 26 Sept 201228 Oct 2012


    Conference15th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning and 41st International Conference on Engineering Pedagogy


    • Collaborative Learning Environment
    • E-Learning
    • Open Wonderland
    • Start-up Entrepreneurship
    • Virtual Incubator
    • Virtuel 3D Worlds

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Education

    Fields of Expertise

    • Information, Communication & Computing

    Treatment code (Nähere Zuordnung)

    • Application

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