Embodiment of the Communicative “Other”: Mode of Communication and Social Presence in Educational Virtual Environments
Nikiforos Papachristos, Ioanna Bellou, Tassos Mikropoulos, The Educational Approaches to Virtual Reality Technologies Lab, The University of Ioannina, Greece
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Tampere, Finland ISBN 978-1-939797-08-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Embodiment of the communicative “other” and. mode of communication seem to be important factors for social presence. This study investigates the impact of these factors on social presence in an Educational Virtual Environment. Eighty two students participated in a 2x2 experiment (embodiment vs. non-embodiment x voice-chat vs. text chat), which was designed as a guided-teaching activity in Second Life. Results show that embodiment of the communicative other does not affect social presence and other presence dimensions, while communicating via voice elicits higher levels of social presence than communicating via text. More research is needed in order to identify the role of each one of the above factors to social presence in Educational Virtual Environments.
Papachristos, N., Bellou, I. & Mikropoulos, T. (2014). Embodiment of the Communicative “Other”: Mode of Communication and Social Presence in Educational Virtual Environments. In J. Viteli & M. Leikomaa (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2014--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2637-2644). Tampere, Finland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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