Wanting to create a collaborative studio experience online, an architecture school has turned to a virtual 3D environment populated by avatars.

avatar-3D-onlineWhen Cheap Trick first belted out "Are you lonely tonight," it's safe to say the band didn't have distance learning in mind. Yet the line accurately sums up the most persistent problem plaguing online education since its inception: a sense of isolation among students.

While sophisticated analytics, webcams, chat tools, and discussion forums have gone a long way toward resolving the issue, the online experience is still not optimal for disciplines that...

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