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Promoting Social and Cultural Sensitivity in a 3D Online Social Virtual World
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, University of Cincinnati, United States ; , Xavier University, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

A three-dimensional social virtual world is an online environment centered on providing an alternative to real life where experiences may be lived out in relative safety. There are issues, however, much like real life where insensitivity to others, aggressiveness, and predatory behavior may exist in spite of code of conduct agreements and agreements of net-social norms. The internet provides opportunity for anonymous and non-physical interaction, encouraging lowered inhibition. Therefore, risk taking becomes easier in this open environment. Lowered inhibition and anonymity provides opportunity for inappropriate behavior, bullying, and the use of offensive remarks and actions. In this presentation we will propose the use of avatar role play in the 3D online social virtual environment as a means of social and personal transformation aimed toward positive outcomes in social and cultural sensitivity online and in the real world.

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Seo, K.K. & Tindall, D. (2010). Promoting Social and Cultural Sensitivity in a 3D Online Social Virtual World. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1201-1205). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 14, 2019 from .

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