Empathy in virtual learning environments

Judith Molka-Danielsen, Bryan - Carter, Alastair Creelman

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Abstract

How do we engage teachers and learners in the learning process and what are the benefits of this? How do we get students to learn? Many academic institutions of all levels are asking these questions. Throughout the years new teaching methodologies and strategies have been explored and applied (Blumenfeld et al., 1991; Dewey, 1997). In assessments of these, some have been associated with improving the targeted students' levels of knowledge, understanding, functionality and motivations (Gulbahar and Tinmaz, 2006; Kjellin and Stenfors, 2003). In this study we review a variety of teaching methodologies and introduce a research hypothesis that these methodologies have an unlike potential for supporting empathic aspects of the teacher and learner relationship and that, further, Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) will have strong potential for empathic support. We set up an evaluation framework using a qualitative approach to examine the empathic factor in VLEs. Finally, we identify design factors for VLEs that could impact learning and suggest these as the focus for future study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-139
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Teaching
Students
Empathy
Methodology
Virtual learning environment
Factors
Learning process
Functionality
Qualitative approaches
Evaluation

Keywords

  • Empathy
  • Engagement
  • Second life
  • SL
  • Teaching methodologies
  • Virtual learning environments
  • VLEs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Information Systems and Management

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Empathy in virtual learning environments. / Molka-Danielsen, Judith; Carter, Bryan -; Creelman, Alastair.

In: International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2009, p. 123-139.

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Molka-Danielsen, Judith ; Carter, Bryan - ; Creelman, Alastair. / Empathy in virtual learning environments. In: International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations. 2009 ; Vol. 6, No. 2. pp. 123-139.
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