Fostering Collaborative Learning in Second Life: Metaphors and Affordances

Research areas:
Year:
2010
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Cooperative collaborative learning, Virtual reality, Interactive learning environments, Media in education, Second Life
Authors:
Journal:
Computers and Education
Volume:
55 Issue
Number:
2
Pages:
603-615
Month:
September
Abstract:
In this paper we examine the transferability of the Jigsaw and Fishbowl collaborative learning techniques to the Second Life platform. Our aim is to assess the applicability of Second Life for collaborative learning by developing virtual tools and metaphors and exploiting the representational richness of this novel medium. In order to enhance the existing metaphors and affordances of SL, our research team implemented educational spaces, avatar clothing, and tools for non-verbal communication and visualisation. By implementing a blended learning evaluation approach we attempted to answer three research questions focusing on student collaboration, avatar representation and learning space awareness. We can conclude that SL can supplement and/or augment face to face interactions, improving upon previous approaches in distance collaboration and communication. Furthermore, although our team augmented SL's ability to support collaborative learning, avatar representation does not seem to scale well. Finally, the majority of the implemented affordances and metaphors seem to have enhanced collaboration and learning space awareness.


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