Fostering a Sense of Presence in Online Instruction through the Use of a 3Dimensional Virtual Environment

ID: 49666 Type: Research/Technical Showcase
  1. Adriana D' Alba and Jonathan Gratch, University of West Georgia, United States

Tuesday, November 15 2:45 PM-3:45 PM

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This presentation discusses research conducted at two different universities in the United States. Students enrolled in four different graduate courses experienced at least three synchronous meetings in a 3dimensional virtual learning environment (3dVLE) named SecondLife. Students engaged in meaningful discussions related to the course topic, collaborated in group activities, and answered a series of surveys adapted from three instruments: the Presence Questionnaire, ITC-Sense of Presence Inventory, and the Community of Inquiry Questionnaire. Researchers aimed to discover if the use of a 3dVLE helps to foster a sense of presence in courses delivered 100% online.


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