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Conducting empirical research in virtual worlds

Minocha, Shailey (2011). Conducting empirical research in virtual worlds. In: 4th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference, 17-19 March 2011, Second Life (3D virtual world).

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Abstract

In this tutorial, we will present a framework for conducting empirical research in virtual worlds, which is based on our experiences on three research projects in Second Life (2008-2011). During the tutorial-session, we will introduce the framework which consists of: a toolbox of techniques for data collection; guidance for planning and conducting the research process of data collection and analysis; tips regarding ethical approval; and pointers for dealing with challenges associated with recruitment, participant-consent and publishing the research. The tutorial is aimed for virtual world researchers but the content will be useful for educators, designers and e-learning researchers, in general.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: Open University, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology
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Keywords: 3D virtual worlds; avatar-based interaction; empirical research; ethics in 3D virtual worlds; ethical guidelines for 3D research; Second Life; virtual worlds; virtual world research
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 29282
Depositing User: Shailey Minocha
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2011 15:19
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2012 10:27
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29282
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