Week 5 Interpersonal Communication Themes covered this week will include: aspects of (verbal and non-verbal) communication that are affected by computer mediation and the affordances of the environment (i.e. text versus voice, gestures, avatar animations), effects of (inworld) gender on avatar behaviour, cultural variances and variables, the ways in which avatar appearance can affect behaviour both in Second Life and real life.
Week 6Teamwork and Collaboration This week we will look at: the ways a range of major organisations and education institutions are using virtual worlds as a team spaces the challenges and benefits of meeting online and working versus face-to-face, developing Communities of Practice, how virtual worlds like Second Life are being used in conjunction with other online meeting or social network tools (Elluminate, YouTube, Facebook).
Week 7Dating and Mating Ways virtual environments like Second Life are used by people as a space for the expression and exploration of sexuality and alternative cultures, Online relationships and relationships online Subcultures in virtual environments Inception and Location - RL, online, combination of both ‘Special’ guests.
Week 9Consuming the Virtual Overview of e-tailing Why we buy virtual products How we determine their value Moral and ethical concerns The Future
Week 10Selling the Virtual Overview of e-tailing Why we buy virtual products How we determine their value Moral and ethical concerns The Future