Worlds Beyond Studios, Inc. has a strong desire to shake up the education space. That’s why they’ve created a virtual world where up to 10 students (that number will go up in the future) can communicate with each other through voice chat and simple gestures and movements. You can press ‘R’ on your keyboard to raise your hand, ‘T’ to sit down and the arrow keys to move your avatar around.
You can use Edorble to hold online discussions, break into small groups, give a lecture, hold online office hours, or do some role-playing activities. The main goal is to engage with each other and have fun! Edorble is currently in Beta. You can try it out for free right now. Its features and design are quite basic in these early stages, but the team will be adding new options every month based on user feedback (let them know what you think!) and their roadmap. Official launch is in 2 weeks.
The core team behind Edorble consists of educators, developers and artists at the intersection of education, games and virtual reality. Founder and CEO Gabe Baker has a Master’s Degree in online education and wrote his thesis on virtual worlds for education. Cederik Haverbeke (CTO and Co-Founder) is the technical wizard behind the project. He has broad experience with gaming, virtual worlds and networked environments. The artwork is being handled by Sem Brys and Nero Demaerschalk, two talented digital artists with a passion for virtual worlds and art.