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ERIC Number: EJ868673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0894-3907
Techtalk: "Second Life" and Developmental Education
Burgess, Melissa L.; Caverly, David C.
Journal of Developmental Education, v32 n3 p42-43 Spr 2009
In our previous two columns, we discussed the potential for using blogs and wikis with developmental education (DE) students. Another Web 2.0 technology, virtual environments like "Second Life", provides a virtual world where residents create avatars (three-dimensional [3-D] self-representations) and navigate around an online environment (Caverly, Peterson, Delaney, & Starks-Martin, 2009). Other virtual environments comparable to "Second Life" have emerged (Virtual Environments Info Group, 2007). "Second Life" differs from asynchronous blogs and wikis because the 3-D interface allows users to immerse themselves into synchronous interactivity. Information can be disseminated through video, note cards, e-mail, simulations, mapping, bodily actions, or text-based conversation histories. Avatars can discuss this information using text-based chatting (thus creating a downloadable history) or through a voice tool (requiring a microphone and speakers). Communicating synchronously through avatars provides the opportunity for greater social interactivity which is a vital factor when developing a community of inquiry within online or hybrid DE courses or learning support (Garrison, 1985; Peterson & Caverly, 2006).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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