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ERIC Number: EJ1082873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1598-1037
A Case Study of the Experiences of Instructors and Students in a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with Different Cultural Backgrounds
Lim, Keol; Kim, Mi Hwa
Asia Pacific Education Review, v16 n4 p613-626 Dec 2015
The use of virtual learning environments (VLEs) has become more common and educators recognized the potential of VLEs as educational environments. The learning community in VLEs can be a mixture of people from all over the world with different cultural backgrounds. However, despite many studies about the use of virtual environments for learning, there has been little research on the perspectives of both instructors and students from different cultural backgrounds toward using a VLE. Thus, to gain insight into both instructors' and students' perspectives with different cultural backgrounds toward using a VLE, this paper conducted a qualitative exploratory case study. For more interactive learning, the VLE of the study was designed in Second Life which is one of the 3D VLEs and equipped with screen sharing software. In addition, one facilitator provided the technical and language translation support throughout the research process. Then, this paper also endeavored to determine educational implications of this new approach based on its findings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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