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Eighth International Network Conference (INC 2010)
Title: Linking Web 2.0 and 3D Virtual Reality for Language Learning: Design and Implementation
Author(s): Ya-Chun Shih, Mau-Tsuen Yang
Keywords: CALL, computer-assisted language learning, Web 2.0, 3D virtual environment, blog
Abstract: Considering the needs of language learners, this work proposes a blended learning solution, combining different learning environments and methods.
We designed task-based events by bridging Web 2.0 and 3D virtual environments
(VEs), such as Second Life, regarded as an optimal language learning environment. 3D virtual worlds bring the possibility of applying situated learning to language learning. Web 2.0, consisting of a group of open social networking tools,
such as blogs, is used to corporate with Ves to support collaborative language
learning, especially writing skills and cross-cultural awareness. The article concludes
with proposed future directions and a multi-faceted case study, using both
qualitative and quantitative assessment methodologies for follow-up empirical research.
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