MOODLE’3D – A 3D Layer to the Moodle Interface

By | December 26, 2008

I am currently putting together a technical specification document for a project I am calling “MOODLE’3D” that is a 3D layer to the Moodle interface where each student will come into their learning space “room” and be presented with a 3D version of a Moodle workspace for their class.

My early thoughts revolve around a solution that:

(1) Is open source (or maybe not)

(2) Is Multi-user

(3) Scales regardless of the number of users (or classrooms)

(4) Dynamically sets up the 3D learning space by  querying the Moodle MySQL database (but can be edited independently)

(5)  SHARES the Moodle MySQL database

(6) Loads within a browser

More details as I work on them

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13 thoughts on “MOODLE’3D – A 3D Layer to the Moodle Interface

  1. Chris

    In a nutshell, that would be just plain awesome and would see widespread adoption IMO

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  2. Daniel Livingstone

    Hi Rich,

    Other than ‘(6) Loads within a browser’, this sounds very much like the ideas that initially drove the SLOODLE project. SLOODLE is open source, so if you think you could use any of our code feel free to take a look around – http://www.sloodle.org. Though obviously being written to work with Second Life instead of a regular browser, we have a different set of problems to solve – esp around authentication.

    While SLOODLE runs in Second Life, I do know that some users have been looking at porting the tools over to work with the open source ‘OpenSim’ platform.

    In fact, if you were to say ‘hi’ on the SLOODLE forums you might find some people interested in helping if your project was going to be open source.

    I also imagine there would be interest in learning more about the Open Cobalt platform.

    cheers
    daniel

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  3. Rich White

    Great Daniel …. I have looked at Sloodle .. unfortunately it misses on 3 of the 6 requirements

    (1) the 3d platform being open source (SL is not)

    (3)Scales regardless of network users (SL supports about 30 per sim)

    and

    (6) Loads within the browser

    I will certainly look more at the Sloodle code though … my hunch is this will have to be a peer to peer Cobalt system to scale like I would like

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  6. Art

    Wow, Rich,

    Thant sounds terrific! I will be taking a look later on today.

    Thanks,
    Art

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  8. Tammy Fry

    That would be great! Have you been to the FETC virtual conference?

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  9. Lindy McKeown

    Thanks for leading the charge on this. Have you seen Exit Reality? It interfaces, is scalable (instances form every 50 users) interfaces with Learning Management Systems including Moodle. See this entry about it in their blogs.
    http://tinyurl.com/o3neo8

    There is a Google group called ER-education for users or Exit Reality in educational contexts.

    Lindy

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  10. Rich White

    An opensource Moodle 3D layer is certainly a concepts who’s time has come – thanks to all the developers carrrying the torch on this !

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  11. Edmund Edgar

    > I have looked at Sloodle .. unfortunately it misses on 3 of the 6 requirements
    > (1) the 3d platform being open source (SL is not)
    > (3)Scales regardless of network users (SL supports about 30 per sim)
    > and
    > (6) Loads within the browser

    1) OpenSim solves

    3) OpenSim will probably solve – there was some work going on to spread a sim across multiple servers – although you’ll still need someone to provision the central server rather than being able to do everything peer-to-peer.

    6) It may not be long before there’s a usable browser-based SL/OpenSim client. A company called Sun Inc in Japan made an SL client but unfortunately went bust shortly afterwards. Another Japanese company, 3Di, has a browser-based OpenSim viewer. (Although it appears to consist of a massive ActiveX download.)
    http://3di-opensim.com/en/

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  12. Rich White

    Since this blog post the Sloodle team has been in touch and is carrying the Moodle3D torch where Opensim is concerned .. and Exit reality is moving it forward on their end …. before long I would expect to see Wonderland and Cobalt work in progress… exciting

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