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``Topology'' is very important issue since the MOO has a spatial orientation
and since ``places'' in real life always have certain ``uses''. By defining
a global topology rooster and building rules in a MOO one addresses
several related questions:
- User Interface issues
- Navigational Issues (how do we want people to move)
- ``Urban planning'' issues: What activities where
- ``Social and political Issues'': What can be built?
Among educational MOOs one can find several kinds of topologies.
- The ``Campus'' Model
- The best known example is the Diversity
University MOO. It is modeled after a typical American Campus. Another
example is the Bio MOO.
- The ``Chamber'' Model
- Certain activities are confined to areas.
At EON for example, those areas are reachable by a train and access
- The ``City or World'' Model
- This is the model adopted by
TECFAMOO. There are reserved areas for academic work (both teaching
and research) but the MOO is also designed to be a social space.
We fully agree with this quote from College Town:
that a great deal of real research and learning goes on 'outside the
classroom' we are augmenting the classrooms with a realistic nurturant
community. Creative thinking may find its freeest play while walking
on a beach and a small seminar may become much more meaningful if
hosted at a colleague's home in the woods...
- A combined Campus and City Model
Daniel K. Schneider
vendredi, 16 février 1996, 13:41:58 MET