An integrated VLE to enhance social interaction for user-centred active learning

Jin, Li and Wen, Zhigang (2010) An integrated VLE to enhance social interaction for user-centred active learning. In: Future computing 2010: the second international conference on future computational technologies and applications. IARIA, pp. 35-40. ISBN 9781612081076

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With the advent of social networking on the Internet, the great impacts of social interaction have rapidly migrated into the online world in order to enable multiple users to share opinions, insights, expertise, experiences, and interests with each other and further reduce the barriers to collaboration, skill-development, and discovery. Social networking facilitates social interaction and share of user-generated content in a collaborative environment. It has transferred the Internet into a dynamic platform for the development of innovative e-commerce and e-learning applications. Social networking has already begun to foster an intuitive and immersive virtual environment by converging Web 3D technology for enhancing user motivation and active engagement. This paper presents an integrated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which is designed to incorporate social networking services into conventional VLEs in order to support both informal and formal learning practices required in Higher Education. A Social Virtual World (SVW) is adopted as a visual interface to access the integrated VLE since it enhance social interaction for user-centred active learning by supporting visual communication, mutual awareness and accountability. This paper further discusses and experiments some actual educational practices prototyped in the proposed integrated VLE to evaluate the valued learning experience achievement.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Electronics and Computer Science, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 14:00
Last Modified: 14 May 2013 12:11

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