3D Virtual Worlds as Supportive Learning Tools

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3D Virtual Worlds as Supportive Learning Tools in Culturally Diverse Classrooms Haifa Almusaad Carmen Fies The University of Texas at San Antonio

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3D Virtual Worlds as Supportive Learning Tools in Culturally Diverse Classrooms:

3D Virtual Worlds as Supportive Learning Tools in Culturally Diverse Classrooms Haifa Almusaad Carmen Fies The University of Texas at San Antonio

Presentation Outline:

Presentation Outline The purpose of the study 3D Second Life virtual world Definitions Theoretical framework Methodology Findings and discussion Conclusion IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies

In Culturally Diverse School/Classroom Contexts:

IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies I n Culturally D iverse School / Classroom Contexts http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-2576959-earth-boy.php

PowerPoint Presentation:

G lobal contexts of cross-cultural environments IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies

Virtual World: 3D Second Life (SL):

Virtual World: 3D Second Life (SL) IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaLKFeJLnqI&feature=related

Definitions of Culture:

Definitions of Culture Byram (1997 ): culture is defined in terms of its features perspectives , behaviors , and products. Hofstede (1991 ): it is the mental system of collective li fe experiences that make a member or a group of people distinctive from other social groups . IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies

Features of Culture:

Features of Culture 1) Perspectives (abstracts) Perceptions Beliefs Religions Thoughts Values http://www.halogensoftware.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/different-perspectives.gif IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies

Features of Culture:

Features of Culture 2) Practices Social practices/ behaviors and interactions IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies http:// mrpasadena.net/2012/10/12/old-pasadena-cultural-dance-food-festival / http:// www.hawaiimagazine.com/blogs/hawaii_today/2008/7/3/shake_hips_Hawaii_Tahitian_Festival http :// www.alriyadh.com/2010/03/31/article511917.htm l

Features of Culture:

Features of Culture 3) Products Artifacts Music Arts Books Costumes Lands Food Language IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies http ://members.virtualtourist.com/m/e3101/3db3e/ httpwww.gardkarlsen.com/Dubai_UAE_trip_report.htm

Theoretical Framework of the Study:

Theoretical Framework of the S tudy Vygotsky (1962, 1978) Learning occurs through a process where lower mental functions such as memory and conceptual thought are transformed to higher-level functions when individuals collaboratively interact within a social context by using available mediating tools. Anderson (2003) Learner-content level as one of the initial model of the three dimensions of interaction in synchronous computer-mediated communication environment . IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies

Second Life Study:

IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies Second Life Study Vygotskian Sociocultural Theory

The Research Question?:

The Research Question? Cultural artifacts and understanding cultures IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies

Study Analysis:

Study Analysis IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies

Findings:

Findings Perceptions Frame of reference and interpretations Preferences Experiences Hofstede’s culture dimension of Individualism vs. C ollectivism IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies

Conclusion:

Conclusion Reconnection to the critical features of the literature. Limitations and recommendations . IOL, 2013 - Almusaad & Fies

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