Paper : Luke Woodham and David Burden



PIVOTE is an open-source authoring system for building virtual world scenarios. It is a web-based system that communicates with objects in a virtual world to create scenarios that can respond to user actions. The system allows the learner to interact in four key ways:

  • Using an output screen to display dynamic text and media content; this refreshes according to what the users do within the scenario.
  • Touch points; for example, within a Paramedic scenario, touch points over a patient mannequin allow the students to assess different parts of the body.
  • Scripted objects; for example Paramedic students have an equipment kit with them which they can use to treat the patient.
  • Chat; the ability to communicate with a mannequin using key-word ‘chat’.

The functionality of PIVOTE will be discussed in the paper, as well as working examples of its use. Further work planned for the PIVOTE system will also be outlined.


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PIVOTE: Building Learning Scenarios in a Virtual World (Part 1)
PIVOTE: Building Learning Scenarios in a Virtual World (Part 2)



  • Author(s): LFF10
  • Subject: PIVOTE: Building Learning Scenarios in a Virtual World
  • Grade level: HE Conference
  • Course type: Vodcast
  • Language(s):  English
  • Material type(s): mp4
  • Media format(s):  mp4


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