Johanna Bluemink, a finnish gamer and researcher, examined collaborative learning in the synchronous discussions of small group problem-solving activities in face-to-face and virtual game settings. She published the results in her doctoral dissertation Virtually face to face: enriching collaborative learning through multiplayer games.
--The 3D game environment created a strong shared context for the distributed groups by engaging the players and reinforcing individual participation through the avatar activity. The findings of this thesis contribute to the future development of serious games and highlight the potential of multiplayer games as tools for supporting the social aspects of distributed teamwork, says Bluemink who is not just an academic scientist but also a vice president of a games related company TeamingStream. It is a subsidiary of Finnish game developer LudoCraft Ltd.
Bluemink?s expertise has already been used to develop unique 3D teambuilding game NoviCraft.?
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