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  • Undergraduate college students at a university in the Southeast region of the United States were chosen as participants, and data were collected in April 2009, entailing 42 usable surveys. This study demonstrated that flow experiences in 3D virtual worlds had a significant and positive impact on students' attitudes toward e-learning. This study found that the quality of engaging and pleasant experiences is influenced by three factors: the skills available to tackle challenging tasks, the perception of interactivity in the virtual learning experience, and the degree of presence sensation perceived by students.Student Attitude Toward Virtual Learning in Second Life: A FlowTheory Approach.Yu-Chih Huang1 yhuang@clemson.eduBackman, Sheila J. Backman, Kenneth F.Source:Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism; Oct-Dec2010, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p312-334, 23p, 5 Charts
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    • 1. Teaching in Virtual Worlds
      By Karl M. Kapp
      Co-Author “Learning in 3D”
      Bloomsburg University
    • 2. Agenda
      Is the use of 3D avatars appropriate?
      What are the competencies for teaching in a virtual world?
      What are the facilitation competencies needed?
      How does one conduct a virtual world class exercise?
      What does a student need to know to be competent in a virtual world class setting?
      Can you show me an example of a 3D virtual world learning experience?
    • 3. 3D Virtual World Sensibilities
      The Sense of Self
      The Death of Distance
      The Power of Presence
      The Sense of Space
      The Capability to Co-Create
      The Pervasiveness of Practice
      The Enrichment of Experience
      Source: Tony O’Driscoll and Karl Kapp. eLearning Guild 360° Report on Synchronous Learning, Essay titled “Escaping Flat Land.”
    • 4. Sense of Self
    • 5.
    • 6.
    • 7.
    • 8. Death of Distance
    • 9.
    • 10.
    • 11.
    • 12. Power of Presence
    • 13. iCommons Summit 2007 in
      Second Life Event Pictures
      Used under Creative Commons License
    • 14. Sense of Space
    • 15.
    • 16. Sense of Space
    • 17. Co-Creation
    • 18.
    • 19. Pervasiveness of Practice
    • 20. Enrichment of Experience
    • 21. Why be a Character at All?
      Research indicates that human social models influence behavior, beliefs and attitudes.
      Bandura, A. 1986 Social foundations of thought and action: a social cognitive theory. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA: Prentice-Hall.
    • 22. Avatar as Teacher
      Research also indicates that learners perceive, interact socially with and are influenced by anthropomorphic agents (avatars) even when their functionality and adaptability are limited.
      Baylor, A. 2009 Promoting motivation with virtual agents and avatars: R ole of visual presence and appearance. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal B Society. 364, 3559–3565
    • 23. An experience as an avatar can change a person's real life perceptions. In a study conducted by Yee and Bailenson (2006), it was found that negative stereotyping of the elderly was significantly reduced when participants were placed in avatars of old people compared with those participants placed in avatars of young people.
      Yee, N. & Bailenson, J.N. (2006).  Walk A Mile in Digital Shoes: The Impact of Embodied Perspective-Taking on The
      Reduction of Negative Stereotyping in Immersive Virtual Environments..Proceedings of PRESENCE 2006: The 9th Annual International Workshop on Presence. August 24 – 26, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
    • 24. If learners watch an avatar that looks like them exercising & losing weight, they will subsequently exercise more in the real world as compared to a control group.
      Fox, J., Arena, D., & Bailenson, J.N. (2009). Virtual Reality: A survival guide for the social scientist. Journal of Media Psychology, 21 (3), 95-113.
    • 25. Within 24 hours of watching an avatar like themselves run, learners were more likely to run than watching an avatar not like them or watching an avatar like them loitering .
      Fox, J., Arena, D., & Bailenson, J.N. (2009). Virtual Reality: A survival guide for the social scientist. Journal of Media Psychology, 21 (3), 95-113.
    • 26. People tend to conform to how their avatar appears regardless of how it is perceived by others. In one study by Yee and Bailenson (2007), participants with taller avatars behaved more confidently in a negotiation task than participants with shorter avatars; specifically, they were more willing to make unfair splits in negotiation tasks. In contrast, participants with shorter avatars were more willing to accept unfair offers than those who had taller avatars. 
      Additionally, in subsequent research, Yee et. al. (2009) found that behavioral changes originating within a virtual environment can transfer to subsequent face-to-face interactions.
    • 27. First Person View
    • 28. Third Person View
    • 29. Competencies
      For Teaching in a
      Virtual World
    • 30. Awareness of Lag time
      Don’t plan a session during system maintenance or backup
      Stand up and smile and remain calm
      Establish 2 or more lines of communication
      Delivery rate between 130 and 170 per minute
      Ask learners not to speak or type unless given permission
      Articulate back up plan to students in advance
      Be aware of how you speak
      Request learners lock door, turn off phone
      Include images on whiteboard activities
    • 31. Anticipate technical
    • 32. Learn to Navigate your avatar
    • 33. Don’t walk into or on top of walls, chairs, or desks
    • 34. Avatars typically have names over their heads, turn on the feature that only shows the avatar’s name when they are speaking
    • 35. Maintain proper social distance between your avatar and others
    • 36. Learn to work the various camera angles within the virtual world
    • 37. Develop techniques for navigating between 2D and 3D interface elements
    • 38. Memorize key gestures to use at appropriate times
    • 39. Don’t use open VOIP Mode
    • 40. Request learners speak their name when asking a question or making a comment.
    • 41. Develop a signal to make sure everyone is with you
    • 42. Consider class flow before helping a “lost” student
    • 43. Allow time within the curriculum to allow students to customize their avatar.
    • 44. Have an
      Orientation Session
      before teaching
    • 45. Instructional
    • 46. Keep avatar’s appearance similar to instructor:
    • 47. Effective instructors demonstrate from the first moment with a new group that they know how to handle the details of a 3D environment
    • 48. Create a script or at least an outline of what you are going to say
    • 49. Plan movement of your avatar within the instructional environment
    • 50. Plan elaborate gestures a head of time.
    • 51. Develop activities to encourage learners to mover their avatars. Plan a new activity every 10-15 minutes.
      Leverage different types of interactions.
    • 52. Use objects to guide learners to different locations when creating groups.
      When students are in small groups, plan to stop by and visit
    • 53. Redesign lecture materials into interactive exercises
      Use 3D props to demonstrate concepts and ideas.
    • 54.
    • 55. Create social time for learners.
    • 56. Develop an assessment rubric.
    • 57. Move avatar around 3D space to facilitate learning.
      Use gesturing and objects to engage learners.
      Look for raised hands.
      Socialize around content.
      Provide instruction to entire group before breaking them into small groups.
      Walk avatar toward person asking the question.
      Use “time” to manage the class.
      Describe activities, actions and logistics before they occur.
      Mute or block disruptive students.
      Anticipate students moving around the space as you speak.
    • 58. Use a seminar model for class configuration.
    • 59. Allow students to manipulate and move objects.
    • 60. If possible create 3D rendering of data and information not available previously.
    • 61. Foster peer-to-peer mentoring when possible.
    • 62. Flow in a 3D virtual world is impacted by three factors:
      The skills available to tackle challenging tasks
      The degree of presence sensation perceived by students.
      The perception of interactivity in the virtual learning experience.
    • 63. Designing Virtual World
      Learning Events
    • 64. Scavenger Hunt
    • 65. Guided Tour
    • 66. Self-Guided Tour
    • 67. Contextual Metaphor
    • 68. Contextual Metaphor
    • 69. Conceptual Orienteering
    • 70. Process Role Play
    • 71. Critical Incident
    • 72. Small Group Work
    • 73. Executive Coaching and Mentoring
    • 74. OperationalApplication
    • 75. Peer-to-Peer
    • 76. Experiencing an
      Inventory Observation
    • 77.
    • 78.
    • 79.
    • 80.
    • 81.
    • 82.
    • 83. Learners journey through a series of activities designed to synthesize conceptual learning.
    • 84.   Learning changes from being Disembodied and Transactional to Embodied, Relational and Experiential.
    • 85. Additional
    • 86. Do not view virtual worlds as a next step in “how” classroom-based learning will be delivered.
    • 87.  Instead, ask what kind of learning can this new technology can enable.
    • 88. Human interaction around a task where peer-to-peer or group learning is enabled. 
    • 89.  Interactivity (I) + Immersion (I) = Sustained Engagement (E)
      Results in meaningful learning.
    • 90. Authentic Practice occurring in an authentic environment.
    • 91. By adding immersion to the equation, organizations can allow for higher quality learning interactions between employees who work at a distance.
    • 92.  Learning content not organized around the work context causes unnecessary overhead for the learner. 
       Learners tend to prefer instructions over instruction. 
    • 93. Simulated environments always made sense in Medicine, Military and Aviation. Now they make sense for Factories, Call Centers, Retail Stores and other “work” environments.
    • 94. Summary
      Avatars provide a model of acceptable social (work) behavior.
      An experience as an avatar can change a person’s real life perceptions
      The look of an avatar impacts a persons behavior in and out of world.
      People identify with avatars that look like them.
      A 3D environment allows for authentic practice.
      2D environments lack immersion, depth and sense of space.