Students’ Attitudes in a Virtual Environment (SecondLife)

Amal Alrayes, Alistair Sutcliffe

Abstract


The benefits of collaborative work have been widely discussed and supported by educational theories such as constructivism and social learning. This paper investigates the process of collaborative work in a university classroom. It presents the students’ experience and attitudes towards using SecondLife in their learning activities. Questionnaire, interviews and observation methods were used to assess the students’ experience and attitudes. The study results indicate that students had enjoyed the experience of using SecondLife, although some negative attitudes and experience, concerning the system’s usability and familiarity, were reported.

Keywords


Virtual worlds, Second Life, Students’ attitudes

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