'Immersive Education' Submerges Students in Online Worlds Made for Learning

Students at Boston College stumbled across a jackal in the underground chambers of an ancient Egyptian tomb in early December. One student explained that the animal was the god Anubis, who helped transport dead bodies to the underworld.

In reality, the students never left the Boston area. They were inside a virtual world where tombs were three-dimensional digital objects and students were represented by digital alter egos, or avatars.

Their trip was showcased at a conference at