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Empathy in virtual learning environments
University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences. (eHälsoinstitutet)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1194-0674
Molde University College. (Department of Economics, Informatics and Social Sciences)
University of Central Missouri, USA.
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, ISSN 1470-9503, E-ISSN 1741-5225, Vol. 6, no 2, 123-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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InderScience Publishers, 2009. Vol. 6, no 2, 123-139 p.
Keyword [en]
virtual learning environments; VLEs; empathy; engagement; teaching methodologies; Second Life; online learning; e-learning.
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Learning
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-20485OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-20485DiVA: diva2:537428
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