SimPM is a 3D virtual world learning application focusing on creating interactive and immersive online virtual environment for project management knowledge learning
E-learning could get a better effect if the learner can receive the knowledge in an interactive and immersive environment, whatâ€™s more, it will be effective for people to get some knowledge naturally from their own experience when they are playing computer games and interact with roles and objects inside the virtual world.
Compared with other web based e-learning approach, 3D virtual world (VW) approach is especially relevant for training soft skills, in others words, training with the experiences of doing things right and effectively from service veteran. SimPM is a 3D virtual world learning application focusing on creating interactive and immersive online virtual environment for project management knowledge learning. We created a 3D environment that simulates the real business world while at the same time provide interfaces to 3D application users for them to interact with the virtual world. We integrated complex PM skills into gameâ€™s sub-tasks, within each tasks, the players has to communicate with different stakeholders, collecting information, working out options, providing analysis, solving different issues, and reach the final goal before they can move to the next task. The game development is based on Torque engine platform, and 3D virtual objects are developed in 3D Max and Google Sketch up, GUI design with Adobe Illustrator.