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O'Connor, Eileen A.; Worman, Terri – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2019
Since the advent of Second Life in 2004, immersive virtual-reality (VR) environments have been readily available to educators; more recent open-source environments have reduced costs significantly. This study reports on data gathered from an avatar-based immersive experience where teacher-education students gathered in VR spaces for synchronous…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Virtual Classrooms, Preservice Teachers, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Domingo, Jelia R.; Bradley, Elizabeth Gates – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2018
The purpose of this study was to ascertain student perceptions of the use and value of three-dimensional virtual environments. A grounded theory approach was used to gather and examine data. Just over half of student participants reported positive experiences. However, most experienced technical difficulties. Despite the technical challenges of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Computer Simulation, Grounded Theory, Online Courses
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O'Connor, Eileen A. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2018
Within an online science teacher education course, an important although secondary goal was to prepare students for a high-stakes licensure portfolio at some time after course completion. Thus, various communication technologies including synchronous virtual reality meetings and asynchronous student self-created video commentaries were interwoven…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Virtual Classrooms, Online Courses, Science Education
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Teoh, Jase – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2012
An in-depth qualitative study with nine secondary pre-service teachers from an undergraduate "Language and Literacy" class was conducted to examine the potential of simulation using Second Life (SL) in teacher education. Games and simulations were operationally defined in the broadest sense to distinguish key characteristics between…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Computer Simulation, Simulated Environment, Role Playing