Social Network Definition
In general, a social network is comprised of interconnected relationships among individuals or groups with common interests who communicate or jointly participate in activities.
The Impact Of 3D Worlds (TDW) On Social Learning
Like many two-dimensional platforms, such as wikis and blogs, TDW present opportunities for social learning where educators and students can communicate, cooperate, and collaborate. However, because TDW seem to generate a greater sense of social presence, TDW interactions may have a more significant impact on social learning. Social presence is considered to be a “significant factor in improving instructional effectiveness … [especially] in distance education” (Chih-Hsiung, 2002).
Assuming that learning improves when the user is an integral part of the stimulus flow, and that meaningfulness and active control over a user’s experiences aids learning, then immersive environments likely are better training tools than standard computer-based training environments. (Witmer & Singer, nd).
Therefore, the combination of TDW and social networking promotes learning by creating an immersive environment that “promotes the formation of viable communities within virtual spaces” (Stevens, 2006).
social learning (SL) benefits in a corporate or academic setting
In corporate and academic environments, SL activities, which are based on effective learning techniques, benefit learning. As
For sometime, education theorists, such as Vygotsky, have recognized the benefits of social learning. Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory of learning posits that social interaction promotes cognition (Mayer, 2005, p.248). For example, when educators and learners utilize social networking they embrace the quantum effect of the “wisdom of crowds.” As a result, educators benefit from the discoveries of their students, and their students benefit from the discoveries of their teachers. In other words, when many people, such as teachers and learners, contribute to a project, the resulting product is potentially more profound than the product of any individual endeavor (
Example of social networking in a 3D world
The Second Life Roma site is an ideal venue for social networking. In addition to discussing history and culture, students can participate in immersive language experiences by using VoIP to speak Latin while they interact in the virtual world. For example, students may collaboratively write a Latin-language, historically-based, vignette about an event from the era of the
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