“Embedding webcasts in virtual worlds to enhance user experiences” by Rothfarb, Doherty, Higdon and Weber

  • ©Robert J. Rothfarb, Paul Doherty, Robyn Higdon, and Aimee Weber




    Embedding webcasts in virtual worlds to enhance user experiences



    This spring, the Exploratorium—a museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco—created a science education program around its live Webcast coverage of the total solar eclipse of March 29, 2006. Created in collaboration with NASA’s Sun-Earth Connection Forum, telescopic views of the rare Sun-Moon-Earth alignment were broadcast with scientific commentary via satellite, television, and Internet streaming to hundreds of thousands of viewers worldwide. Engaging Webcasts of live informal science education events can stimulate online audiences to delve more deeply into program content. Interested viewers may read articles, do research, engage in game play, or view graphics and simulations they might not otherwise have discovered.  

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