Social cnferencing in a virtual world: the innovative approach of The Virtual World Conference

Schmeil, Andreas; Hasler, Beatrice; Peachey, Anna; de Freitas, Sara and Nehmzow, Claus (2011). Social cnferencing in a virtual world: the innovative approach of The Virtual World Conference. In: Researching Learning in Immersive Virtual Environments: Conference Proceedings, Open University, pp. 154–164.

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Abstract

In this paper the authors present the organization of a virtual world conference that brings together top international researchers and pioneers in the fields of research and application of virtual worlds from academia, education, and industry. The authors outline the successes and challenges of adopting the approach of structuring the global conference into three equidistant major time zones – East, Central, and West – resulting in a 24-hours worldwide event. The paper presents analyses of questionnaires that were completed by attendees, in an attempt to test the central hypothesis that virtual worlds can support engaging and effective conferencing. We present innovations that we apply for the second edition of the conference and close the paper with suggestions and novel ideas for future virtual world conferences.

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