The Virtual Cell Project. Phillip McClean Alan White Brian Slator. North Dakota State University. Educational Role-playing Games “Learning-by-doing” Experiences. MultiUser Exploration Spatially-oriented virtual worlds Practical planning and decision making.
The Virtual Cell Project
North Dakota State University
The VCell VRML Worlds
Use VCell login box to
connect to the cell
The VCell VRML file will load in the Client Window.
information about organelles, etc. is available here.
Goals for each level are listed here
Instructions from Lab Guy
Transporting from One Place to Another
Click on the Lab Guy icon to move between
the Laboratory and the VCell.
The Do It Box gives you choices for destinations.
For example, this selection will send you to the VCell for your next set of experiments.
Fly around organelles and perform experiments
Choose actions here
Choose assays here
Deduction of Organelle Identity
Choose Identify action here
Choose organelle to identify here
Successful identification based
on experimental results
Achieving Another Goal
Information for new goal
New Action and Assay
Completing Another Goal
Guessing Not Allowed
Appropriate experiments required for identification.
All Goals Completed
Directions for proceeding to the next level given.
ETC Exercise Instruction Window
You arrive in the Lab. Click on the Lab Guy to receive your next instructions.
Lab Guy welcomes you back
and gives you your next assignment
Electron Transport Chain Animation
ETC Membrane Complexes
Molecules in motion
Work in Progress
User in Sub shoots photons to activate photosynthesis
NDSU General Biology Class
600 students total
300 control students
150 alternative (WWW based, but not VCell)
150 VCell students