Do virtual worlds support engaging social conferencing?

Schmeil, Andreas; Hasler, Béatrice; Peachey, Anna; de Freitas, Sara and Nehmzow, Claus (2013). Do virtual worlds support engaging social conferencing? In: Childs, Mark and Peachey, Anna eds. Understanding Learning in Virtual Worlds. Human–Computer Interaction Series. London: Springer-London, pp. 165–179.



This chapter presents The Virtual World Conference, an online event that brought together top international researchers and pioneers in the fields of virtual worlds, from academia, education, and industry. The authors outline the challenges, successes, and problems of adopting the approach of structuring the global conference into three equidistant major time zones - East, Central, and West - resulting in a 24-h worldwide event. The chapter 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 social conferencing. We present innovations to be applied for further editions of the conference and close the chapter with suggestions and novel ideas for future virtual world events.

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