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ERIC Number: EJ1154925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1947-8518
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In-World Behaviors and Learning in a Virtual World
Nadolny, Larysa; Childs, Mark
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, v5 n4 Article 2 p17-27 2014
Educational virtual worlds can give students opportunities that would not otherwise be possible in face-to-face settings. The SciEthics Interactive simulations allow learners to conduct scientific research and practice ethical decision-making within a virtual world. This study examined the in-world behaviors that identify students who perceive learning in virtual worlds as effective. Participants include 53 students in higher education coursework. This study indicated that there is a positive relationship between learning and a feeling of presence, specifically with avatar identification. Movement in-world that is explorative and open is also correlated to presence. These findings indicate if learning in virtual worlds is to be perceived as a worthwhile activity by students, then learners require support to develop identification with their avatar and to build a sense of immersion within the virtual world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States; South Africa
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