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Article: Virtually there, almost: Educational and informational possibilities in virtual worlds

TitleVirtually there, almost: Educational and informational possibilities in virtual worlds
Authors
KeywordsCommunication technologies
Education libraries
Information media
Internet
Social networks
Issue Date2009
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/lm.htm
Citation
Library Management, 2009, v. 30 n. 6-7, p. 404-418 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose: The purpose of this article is to analyze the educational and more specifically, the library and information opportunities afforded through virtual worlds such as Second Life. Design/methodology/approach: The article provides an analysis of virtual world opportunities through a review of relevant literature as well as actual applications of virtual world platforms. Findings: Virtual worlds have the potential to provide a rich learning and information environment. Despite what many see as limitations, virtual worlds can enhance the learning experience if problematic issues are addressed and if expectations are realistic. For libraries, a unique set of limitations are identified. Research limitations/implications: The limited availability of library presences in virtual worlds prohibits a full scale analysis of the success or otherwise of such projects. Future analyses of virtual worlds, in particular Second Life, will be useful if their pervasiveness increases. Practical implications: Library managers are alerted to issues and problems surrounding an investment in virtual worlds. Originality/value: This paper will prove useful to educators and librarians considering investing time and other resources in developing content in virtual worlds. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/92833
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.642
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dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this article is to analyze the educational and more specifically, the library and information opportunities afforded through virtual worlds such as Second Life. Design/methodology/approach: The article provides an analysis of virtual world opportunities through a review of relevant literature as well as actual applications of virtual world platforms. Findings: Virtual worlds have the potential to provide a rich learning and information environment. Despite what many see as limitations, virtual worlds can enhance the learning experience if problematic issues are addressed and if expectations are realistic. For libraries, a unique set of limitations are identified. Research limitations/implications: The limited availability of library presences in virtual worlds prohibits a full scale analysis of the success or otherwise of such projects. Future analyses of virtual worlds, in particular Second Life, will be useful if their pervasiveness increases. Practical implications: Library managers are alerted to issues and problems surrounding an investment in virtual worlds. Originality/value: This paper will prove useful to educators and librarians considering investing time and other resources in developing content in virtual worlds. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
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dc.subjectCommunication technologiesen_HK
dc.subjectEducation librariesen_HK
dc.subjectInformation mediaen_HK
dc.subjectInterneten_HK
dc.subjectSocial networksen_HK
dc.titleVirtually there, almost: Educational and informational possibilities in virtual worldsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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