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International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments

July 2010 Volume 1, Number 3

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Number of articles: 5

  1. Affective Load and Engagement in Second Life: Experiencing Urgent, Persistent, and Long-Term Information Needs

    Diane Nahl, University of Hawaii, United States

    New users of virtual environments face a steep learning curve, requiring persistence and determination to overcome challenges experienced while acclimatizing to the demands of avatar-mediated... More

    pp. 1-16

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  2. An Interdisciplinary Design Project in Second Life: Creating a Virtual Marine Science Learning Environment

    Riley Triggs & Leslie Jarmon, University of Texas at Austin, United States; Tracy Villareal, University of Texas Marine Science Institute, United States

    Virtual environments can resolve many practical and pedagogical challenges within higher education. Economic considerations, accessibility issues, and safety concerns can all be somewhat alleviated... More

    pp. 17-35

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  3. The Development of a Personal Learning Environment in Second Life

    Sandra Andrews, Mary Stokrocki, Angel Jannasch-Pennell & Samuel DiGangi, Arizona State University, United States

    In this qualitative pilot study, the authors report on curriculum field trials within a personal learning environment (PLE) designed by a collaboration of academic researchers and nonprofit... More

    pp. 36-54

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  4. Investigating Modes of Student Inquiry in Second Life as Part of a Blended Approach

    Sheila Webber, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

    This article discusses activities carried out in the virtual world of Second Life (SL) as part of a compulsory class in the first year of an undergraduate programme. The paper identifies the... More

    pp. 55-70

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  5. A Framework for the Assessment of Wiki-Based Collaborative Learning Activities

    Hagit Meishar-Tal, Open University of Israel, Israel; Mat Schencks, Open University, United Kingdom

    This paper discusses the pedagogical and technological aspects of assessing wiki-based collaborative learning activities. The first part of the paper presents a general framework of collaborative... More

    pp. 71-82

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