Immersiveness

notes

General:

content is relevant to the students' interestsactivities build on existing knowledge.existing skills employed and built upon
contributes to fulfilment of student needs and goals
creation of new content enabled

For a virtual world, the following are important:

Gameplay

self-defined goals, so gameplay depends on how well the world can accomodate different goals
growth of skills (level-up).
built in rewards (freebie treasure for exploration).

Avatars

Ability to customize an avatar
create clothing, animation, etc.
easy, intuitive interface
Realistic movements of the avatar and surrounding landscape and interactions with other avatars.

Landscape

laws of physics.
realistic time and climate.
natural scale to avatars.

Community:

variety of communication tools
effective search facility to find people and places.
spaces designed to facilitate groups and conversation
activities to enhance conversation