Student Perceptions about Using Second Life in Online Communication: A Case Study

ID: 50309 Type: Full Paper
  1. Angela M. Lee and Leping Liu, University of Nevada, Reno, United States

Wednesday, March 8 1:45 PM-2:15 PM

Terry Smith, Radford University - School of Teacher Education & Leadership, United States

The uses of multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) have the potential to add to the communication of an online course. Additionally, MUVEs such as Second Life add a sense of presence to distance education classrooms. The purpose of this project was to examine students’ experiences in the use of Second Life, a multi-user virtual environment. Participants hosted turn-based virtual tours with their classmates. They completed open-ended questionnaires about their experiences and wrote a paper describing their tours. In addition, they wrote about their experiences and the expectations of future use. Overall, participants enjoyed engaging with classmates, believed communication was enhanced, and felt a greater sense of presence; even when they experienced technical difficulties.


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