3D virtual worlds for collaborative design learning have been widely recognized and practised, nevertheless there is a general lack of formal evaluation with empirical evidence for the performance of virtual worlds, and their roles in developing students' teamwork skills. In bridging these gaps, this paper provides a critical discussion of the effectiveness of virtual worlds for collaborative design learning, supported by a comprehensive analysis on the results of an inclusive questionnaire completed by architectural students. The paper provides insight into the application of virtual worlds in both technical and procedural experiences, and discusses the benefits and shortcomings of virtual worlds on design education.
International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures, 2009 (CAADFutures 2009). Joining Languages, Cultures and Visions: CAADFutures 2009 (Montreal, Canada 17-19 June, 2009) p. 51-64