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Engaging E-Learning in Virtual Worlds: Supporting Group Collaboration

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3 Author(s)
Franceschi, K.G. ; Florida Int. Univ., Miami ; Lee, R.M. ; Hinds, D.

Current e-learning environments do not provide sufficient support for group collaboration. The absence of the visual identification of the users makes effective collaboration in e-learning very difficult. This paper argues that virtual worlds (VW) possess the necessary tools to foster effective group collaboration for e-learning initiatives. The use of avatars, the support of verbal and non-verbal communications and creative capabilities offered in VWs are suggested as the key elements that promote effective group learning.

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Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Proceedings of the 41st Annual

Date of Conference:

7-10 Jan. 2008