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Student Perceptions about Using Second Life in Online Communication: A Case Study
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, , University of Nevada, Reno, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, TX, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-27-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The uses of multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) have the potential to add to the communication of an online course. Additionally, MUVEs such as Second Life add a sense of presence to distance education classrooms. The purpose of this project was to examine students’ experiences in the use of Second Life, a multi-user virtual environment. Participants hosted turn-based virtual tours with their classmates. They completed open-ended questionnaires about their experiences and wrote a paper describing their tours. In addition, they wrote about their experiences and the expectations of future use. Overall, participants enjoyed engaging with classmates, believed communication was enhanced, and felt a greater sense of presence; even when they experienced technical difficulties.

Citation

Lee, A.M. & Liu, L. (2017). Student Perceptions about Using Second Life in Online Communication: A Case Study. In P. Resta & S. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1689-1694). Austin, TX, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 19, 2019 from .

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