Avatars can talk to each other simply by coming close together, creating a communication experience that is close to real life.
The advantage of ovice is that academic events can be organised easily and with minimal burden.
Participants can easily ask questions to the presenters. The feedback we received was that it was very similar to a face to face session.
It allows everyone to start a chat just by walking to the person they want to speak with and it's very easy to use.
We hold study groups every 2 weeks. ovice allows us to design the space in a way that it models the facility when the study group was held in real life. We also use screen sharing to make it easier to explain to students.
Information exchange during the conference get-togethers and 'standing around' during breaks is an important part of the event. We are glad that we were able to organize the event in this format, as the participants were highly satisfied and gave positive feedback.
Even in online, I could do group work in my lectures as usual, and could noticed such as announcing session break to the whole class easily using ovice.
Some of the feedback we received mentioned that it was fun and it felt close to a face to face event. Others said that it was easy to approach people and chat to them.