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ERIC Number: EJ895516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1743-9884
"Elven Elder LVL59 LFP/RB. Please PM Me": Immersion, Collaborative Tasks and Problem-Solving in Massively Multiplayer Online Games
Voulgari, Iro; Komis, Vassilis
Learning, Media and Technology, v35 n2 p171-202 Jun 2010
Although there is strong evidence that massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) constitute environments of social interactions and effective learning, we currently lack the tools for investigating the effectiveness of the social networks emerging as well as the cognitive aspects and knowledge acquisition such environments involve. Within this context, we present a conceptual framework for the investigation of the collaborative problem-solving processes emerging in such environments and we apply it in the investigation of a number of MMOGs through interviews and virtual ethnography. Our findings suggest the balanced convergence of multiple factors, such as the mechanics of the game, the design of the tasks, the collaboration and competition affordances and the content of the game, for the constitution of an effective environment for collaborative learning. (Contains 2 tables and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece