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Facilitating Communities of Practice in Online Immersive Learning Environments

Facilitating Communities of Practice in Online Immersive Learning Environments
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Author(s): Krista Terry (Appalachian State University, USA), Amy Cheney (Appalachian State University, USA), Les Bolt (Appalachian State University, USA), Terry McClannon (Appalachian State University, USA) and Robert L. Sanders (Appalachian State University, USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 23
Source title: Virtual Reality in Education: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8179-6.ch013

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Abstract

This exploratory study is based on survey research involving graduate students using this 3D immersive environment for their coursework. Investigators examined students' perceptions of community and presence via coursework offered in the immersive world. Utilizing the Sense of Community II index and the Communities of Inquiry survey, variables examined include students' time within their graduate programs, time spent in the 3D environment, and their levels of immersion, as well as the relationship between the two instruments. Analysis showed significant results for each of the research questions for both instruments, and allowed for a number of new research directions including that of the correlation of community and presence, along with the potential for design based research informed by systems thinking as a potential new area of interest.

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