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ERIC Number: EJ952085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0735-6331
Teaching with Virtual Worlds: Factors to Consider for Instructional Use of Second Life
Mayrath, Michael C.; Traphagan, Tomoko; Jarmon, Leslie; Trivedi, Avani; Resta, Paul
Journal of Educational Computing Research, v43 n4 p403-444 2010
Substantial evidence now supports pedagogical applications of virtual worlds; however, most research supporting virtual worlds for education has been conducted using researcher-developed Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVE). Second Life (SL) is a MUVE that has been adopted by a large number of academic institutions; however, little research has systematically investigated the potential of using SL for higher education. A 2-year pilot study was conducted that included seven SL activities and a mixed-methods evaluation of the SL's affordances, challenges, and limitations. Three SL integration factors emerged, each with sub-factors: pedagogical (relevance, complexity of required SL skills, use of SL affordances); contextual (student prior gaming experience, activity duration, frequency of events); and logistical (SL usability, training, technical support, computer issues). A framework for creating SL instructional activities is presented using the factors. (Contains 5 tables and 19 figures.)
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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: Texas