Track: Content Based and Informal Presentations

Title Who is studying Languages using virtual worlds and why are they doing it?
Author(s): Shiv Rajendran
Moderator(s):Elektra Panthar
Date Friday, March 18 11:00
Location: East 1/2 Machinima
Abstract Adoption of online language learning is fairly new and questions of its suitability for mass adoption are common.  This presentation will reveal who is currently choosing to learn in virtual worlds and the reasons they do so.  Based on data collected from 3000 students studying English at Languagelab, the speaker will provide information on the nationalities, professions and age groups that currently learn in virtual worlds.  The presentation will highlight the interesting patterns of motivation in students from 70 countries and whether nationality has a bearing on adoption of new technology for learning.   The speaker will address the question of whether students choose a traditional school and face to face instruction as an alternative or supplement to learning in a virtual world, and the differences in pedagogy that appeal to them. Trends in the adoption of virtual worlds based learning will be discussed and how they are likely to develop in the future. 
Bio(s): Shiv Rajendran: Shiv co-founded in 2005. Since then Languagelab has spent more than 5 years developing virtual worlds as a Language learning platform, conducting tests with hundreds of students from dozens of countries. Shiv has a Masters degree in Digital Culture & Technology, a background using technology for a variety of purposes, and is a lifelong gamer.   

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