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Implementing Virtual Environments for Education and Research at NDSU. Aaron Bergstrom & John Bauer. http://www.ndsu.edu/wwwic/. World Wide Web Instructional Committee (WWWIC).
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Aaron Bergstrom & John Bauer
Virtual Cell -
Cell Biology Educational Environment
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The VCell login window is launched from the Virtual Cell Home page by clicking on the “Login & Play” link. It may also be opened from the Site Map page.
Successful identification is based on experimental results. No guessing is allowed.
To identify an organelle the student must select the “identify” action from the “Action” pull-down menu. Then the student chooses an object for the item which the student wishes to test. Once this has been done, the student must click on an organelle to identify it. In this case the player has identified the chloroplast.
Choose identify action here
Choose organelle to identify here
Overview written by Brad Vender:
The scene graph for the virtual cell is constructed by the Lamba MOO server running on the VCell server machine. This is done in 3 stages.
When the client logs in to the MOO and the MOO responds with the user\'s object number. This object number is considered the user\'s avatar, so the geometry is never actually shown. This object is marked as unresolved for the next stage.
Once connected, the client has four major responsibilities for maintaining the scene graph.
Stage 2 Continued:
Disconnect from the server and clean everything up.
The VCell project has begun a transition program to deal with the demise of Cosmo product line and cross-platform delivery issues.
Screen Shot of Java3D/X3D Client
After installing Java Web Start and the Java3D API, return to the application launch page at:
Once there, click the “Launch DANA Applet” button.
Next a “login” box will appear, where the user enters in his/her username & password and then clicks the “Login” button to start the DANA applet.
New users may create a new login and password by filling in the username & password boxes and then clicking the “Create” button. The applet will then ask for the user’s name and e-mail address.
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