Adoption of online language learning is fairly new and questions of its suitability for mass adoption are common. This presentation will reveal who is currently choosing to learn in virtual worlds and the reasons they do so. Based on data collected from 2500 students studying Business English at Languagelab, the speaker will provide information on the nationalities, professions and age groups that currently learn in virtual worlds. The presentation will highlight the interesting patterns of motivation in students from 70 countries and whether nationality has a bearing on adoption of new technology for learning.
The speaker will address the question of whether students choose a traditional school and face to face instruction as an alternative or supplement to learning in a virtual world, and the differences in pedagogy that appeal to them. Trends in the adoption of virtual worlds based learning will be discussed and how they are likely to develop in the future.