Teaching IT Through Learning Communities in a 3D Immersive World: The Evolution of Online Instruction

Teaching IT Through Learning Communities in a 3D Immersive World: The Evolution of Online Instruction

Richard E. Riedl (Western Carolina University, USA), Regis Gilman (Appalachian State University, USA), John H. Tashner (Appalachian State University, USA), Stephen C. Bronack (Appalachian State University, USA), Amy Cheney (Appalachian State University, USA), Robert Sanders (Appalachian State University, USA) and Roma Angel (Appalachian State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-964-9.ch003
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Abstract

The development of learning communities has become an acknowledged goal of educators at all levels. As education continues to move into online environments, virtual learning communities develop for several reasons, including social networking, small group task completions, and authentic discussions for topics of mutual professional interest. The sense of presence and copresence with others is also found to be significant in developing Internet-based learning communities. This chapter illustrates the experiences with current learning communities that form in a 3D immersive world designed for education. Faculty at Appalachian State University (ASU) have developed and taught the graduate instructional technology program in an award-winning 3D world setting for several years. Additional ASU faculty and program areas are currently transitioning into this environment. Further, colleagues from major universities in other countries are using this environment for their students to work and to collaborate across time and distance. Telecommunications technologies in education (exposing the graduate students to the breadth of IT experiences and knowledge required), hypermedia, and advanced Web design are examples of ITrelated courses offered in the graduate program. The results of these experiences highlight the efficacy of this tool toward the formation of authentic communities within 3D Internet-based worlds as online distance education environments continue to evolve.

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Foreword
Daniel S. Papp
Foreword
Lawrence A. Tomei
Preface
Solomon Negash
Chapter 1
Solomon Negash, Marlene V. Wilcox
This chapter identifies six e-learning classifications to understand the different forms of e-learning and demonstrates the differences and... Sample PDF
E-Learning Classifications: Differences and Similarities
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Chapter 2
Panagiotes S. Anastasiades
This chapter focuses on the designing and development of blended learning environments for adult education, and especially the education of... Sample PDF
Blending Interactive Videoconferencing and Asynchronous Learning in Adult Education: Towards a Constructivism Pedagogical Approach–A Case Study at the University of Crete (E.DIA.M.ME.)
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Chapter 3
Richard E. Riedl, Regis Gilman, John H. Tashner, Stephen C. Bronack, Amy Cheney, Robert Sanders, Roma Angel
The development of learning communities has become an acknowledged goal of educators at all levels. As education continues to move into online... Sample PDF
Teaching IT Through Learning Communities in a 3D Immersive World: The Evolution of Online Instruction
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Chapter 4
Charlie C. Chen, R. S. Shaw
The continued and increasing use of online training raises the question of whether the most effective training methods applied in live instruction... Sample PDF
Online Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Software Training Through the Behavioral Modeling Approach: A Longitudinal Field Experiment
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Chapter 5
Murali Shanker, Michael Y. Hu
Distance education is now an integral part of offering courses in many institutions. With increasing access to the Internet, the importance of... Sample PDF
A Framework for Distance Education Effectiveness: An Illustration Using a Business Statistics Course
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Chapter 6
Silvia Braidic
This chapter introduces how to differentiate instruction in an online environment. Fostering successful online learning communities to meet the... Sample PDF
Differentiating Instruction to Meet the Needs of Online Learners
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Chapter 7
Thomas F. Stafford, Keith Lindsey
This chapter explores the various motivations students have for engaging in both origination site and distant site teleconferenced sections of an... Sample PDF
Exploring Student Motivationsfor IP Teleconferencing in Distance Education
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Chapter 8
Levent Yilmaz
This chapter presents a set of requirements for next generation groupware systems to improve team cooperation and awareness in distance learning... Sample PDF
Collaborative Technology: Improving Team Cooperation and Awareness in Distance Learning for IT Education
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Chapter 9
Lim Hwee Ling, Fay Sudweeks
As most research on educational computer-mediated communication (CMC) interaction has focused on the asynchronous mode, less is known about the... Sample PDF
Chatting to Learn: A Case Study on Student Experiences of Online Moderated Synchronous Discussions in Virtual Tutorials
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Chapter 10
Xinchun Wang
Although the pedagogical advantages of online interactive learning are well known, much needs to be done in instructional design of applicable... Sample PDF
What Factors Promote Sustained Online Discussions and Collaborative Learning in a Web-Based Course?
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Chapter 11
Stephen Springer
This chapter addresses the author’s model to assist faculty members in gaining a closer relationship with distance learning students. The model that... Sample PDF
Achieving a Working Balance Between Technology and Personal Contact Within a Classroom Environment
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Chapter 12
Y.J. Zhang
Web course design and implementation are very important in effective distance learning. Such a work is related to a number of issues and needs... Sample PDF
On the Design and Application of an Online Web Course for Distance Learning
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Chapter 13
Michael E. Whitman, Herbert J. Mattord
This chapter provides a case study of current practices and lessons learned in the provision of distance learning (DL)-based instruction in the... Sample PDF
Teaching Information Security in a Hybrid Distance Learning Setting
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Chapter 14
Albert D. Ritzhaupt, T. Grandon Gill
This chapter first discusses the opportunities and challenges of computer programming instruction for management information systems (MIS)... Sample PDF
A Hybrid and Novel Approach to Teaching Computer Programming in MIS Curriculum
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Chapter 15
Amy B. Woszczynski
As high schools begin to offer more distance learning courses, universities have an opportunity to establish partnerships to deliver online IT... Sample PDF
Delivering Online Asynchronous IT Courses to High School Students: Challenges and Lessons Learned
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Chapter 16
Carla Ruiz Mafé, Silvia Sanz Blas, José Tronch García de los Ríos
The main aim of this chapter is to present an in-depth study of the factors influencing asynchronous distance learning courses purchase decision. We... Sample PDF
Motivators and Inhibitors of Distance Learning Courses Adoption: The Case of Spanish Students
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Chapter 17
Morten Falch, Hanne Westh Nicolajsen
This chapter analyzes e-learning from an industry perspective. The chapter studies how the use of ICTtechnologies will affect the market for... Sample PDF
ICT Impact on Knowledge Industries: The Case of E-Learning at Universities
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Chapter 18
Sudhanva V. Char
As per conventional wisdom, the larger the size of the distance learning (DL) educational facility in terms of student enrollments, lower also would... Sample PDF
Economies of Scale in Distance Learning (DL)
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