Research Trends Of Language Learning In Virtual Reality From 2003 To 2012: A Content Analysis

Tsun Ju Lin, Yu Ju Lan, Yu Hsuan Kan

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Abstract

This paper conducted a content analysis of studies in language learning in three dimensional multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) that were published in four journals from 2003 to 2012. A total of 23 articles were cross-analyzed by categories including research topics, target languages, technology usage, and research methodology to identify some of the research issues and limitations in the research area. It was found that research in communication was the most explored topic in MUVEs, and the 3D virtual world tool Second Life was the most widely used in language learning. However, the list of research topics and studying languages were rather limited. Thus, there are definitely needed more studies to enrich the research area. We hope that this paper can involve more language researchers in 3D MUVEs to provide students input- and output-rich and immersive environment where learning can be appealing, meaningful, and fun.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Web-Based Learning - ICWL 2013 Workshops - USL 2013, IWSLL 2013, KMEL 2013, IWCWL 2013, WIL 2013, and IWEEC 2013, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsQing Li, Rynson Lau, Dickson K.W. Chiu, Timothy K. Shih, Chu-Sing Yang, Elvira Popescu, Minhong Wang, Demetrios G. Sampson
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages73-81
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783662463147
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1
Event12th International Conference on Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2013, held with 1st International Workshop on Ubiquitous Social Learning, USL 2013, International Workshop on Smart Living and Learning, IWSLL 2013, International Workshop on Cloud Computing for Web-Based Learning, IWCWL 2013, International Workshop on Web Intelligence and Learning, WIL 2013, International Workshop on E-book and Education Cloud, IWEEC 2013 and 3rd International Symposium on Knowledge Management and E-Learning, KMEL 2013 - Kenting, Taiwan
Duration: 2013 Oct 62013 Oct 9

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8390
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other12th International Conference on Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2013, held with 1st International Workshop on Ubiquitous Social Learning, USL 2013, International Workshop on Smart Living and Learning, IWSLL 2013, International Workshop on Cloud Computing for Web-Based Learning, IWCWL 2013, International Workshop on Web Intelligence and Learning, WIL 2013, International Workshop on E-book and Education Cloud, IWEEC 2013 and 3rd International Symposium on Knowledge Management and E-Learning, KMEL 2013
CountryTaiwan
CityKenting
Period13/10/613/10/9

Keywords

  • Content analysis
  • MUVEs
  • Research trends
  • Virtual reality
  • Virtual worlds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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