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Towards Using Second Life for Supporting Illiterate Persons in Learning PROCEEDINGS

, Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Austria ; , talkademy, an open learning (OLE) language school, Vienna, Austria, Austria ; , Department of Psychology, University of Graz, Austria, Austria ; , Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Abstract: Advancement in technology and e-learning has the potential for reducing the gap between rich and poor, young and old, computer-literate and illiterate, and opening venues of equal opportunities for all. Presently e-learning opens new opportunities for illiterate persons. Unfortunately most of the known e-learning solutions for the illiterate persons still face challenges of usability and lower motivation due to non-embodied applications. Some game based e-learning solutions have already addressed these problems but still need further investigation. This paper presents an artifact for illiterate persons to work using emerging e-learning practices. The proposed solution uses a Second Life (SL) Multi-User Virtual Environment (MUVE) and addresses said challenges. It focuses on the illiterates in the developing world and provides a platform for learning the English alphabet to the intended illiterate community to set the foundation for learning English as a Second Language (ESL).

Citation

Iqbal, T., Hammermüller, K., Nussbaumer, A. & Tjoa, A.M. (2009). Towards Using Second Life for Supporting Illiterate Persons in Learning. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2009 (pp. 2704-2709). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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