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Judith Bündgens-Kosten
2 May 2011


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Alice Shepherd
2:54pm 2 May 2011

I have added a link to a JISC report on Serious Virtual Worlds.  I found this report a useful introduction to this area when I was doing background reading for the previous H809 assignment.  It includes some case studies but its emphasis is on practioner use rather than research.

Alice Shepherd
2:58pm 2 May 2011

I have added a link to the OU's Learn About guide on Virtual Worlds - again, I thought this was a good source of outline information, and there are some potentially interesting links towards the bottom of the page.

Alice Shepherd
8:19pm 7 May 2011 (Edited 8:20pm 7 May 2011)

Salmon et al (2010) revisited her five stage e-moderating model by analysing (via interview and text chat logs in SL) the experiences of students on two university courses which had activities in SL, to identify issues and key factors influencing the five stages

Peterson (2010) reviewed, using survey, interviews and analysis of in-world messages between EFL students who were paired to complete tasks in SL, how the students participated, interacted and communicated with each other

Keskilato et al (2011) reviewed a range of data sources such as in-world messages, but also students' reflective essays on their experience of collaborating on a civil engineering project in SL, in addition to survey findings.  These students were geographically dispersed and were only allowed to communicate in SL.  The  students were both Finnish business process networks and international civil engineering students

Jarmon et al (2009) used surveys, focus groups, as well as content analysis of the final assessment (a presentation in SL) of a group of communications studies students  at postgraduate levels drawn from multidisciplinary backgrounds

Ho (2010) investigated the linguistics of questions asked by students in SL when roleplaying as part of a pre-university course in Singapore, using text message analysis and screen capture software.  Unfortunately, there is no detail of how the screen capture software was used, and the discussion focuses on the text analysis

Jauregi et al (2011) used interviews, recordings of sessions in SL and questionnaires to investigate task design in foreign language learners and preservice teaching students collaborating on tasks designed specifically for the study in SL

Mancuso et al's (2010) study is particularly interesting in that its context is adult (professional learners), which I don't think have been widely studied regarding SL.  They used purposive sampling to identify experienced SL users to participate, and lasted for a longer time than the studies described above (1 year).  Data was collected using online questionnaires, interviews conducted in SL through text chat and by the researchers acting as participant observers


Alice Shepherd
8:30pm 7 May 2011

I found Warbuton's (2009) article useful as a basic introduction to SL.

I found this report by Inman, Wright and Hartman (2010) useful as a jumping off point to find further research.

derek stevens
3:05pm 15 May 2011

Hi chaps - late as usual but thought I would try and spur discussion based on the 'exam question'

  • Is there any evidence of the emergence of ‘new’ research methods?

    No.  Interesting quote from Inman Wright and Hartman that SL is merely another contructivist tool.  Therefore research methods appropriate for constructivist exploration are appropriate.

  • Are there dubious ‘facts’ out there?

    Hundreds!! All of the presentation / resesarch papers spend alot of time talking about May / Might / Could / Possibly.  There is nothing that says 'Does' or 'is proven'.  As Laurillard observed in a paper way back in module 1!!  Another technology that has the potential etc etc

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