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ERIC Number: EJ858522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
Comparing Role-Playing Activities in Second Life and Face-to-Face Environments
Gao, Fei; Noh, Jeongmin J.; Koehler, Matthew J.
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v20 n4 p423-443 Oct 2009
This study compared student performances in role-playing activities in both a face-to-face (FTF) environment and a virtual 3D environment, Second Life (SL). We found that students produced a similar amount of communication in the two environments, but the communication styles were different. In SL role-playing activities, students took more conversational turns, but had shorter exchanges compared to the FTF environment. Students generated an equal amount of topic-related concepts in the two environments. They also reported role-playing activities in SL as more interesting and less formal. The educational implications for this study are discussed. (Contains 6 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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