A study on learning styles and acceptance of using second life for learning in a visual arts course

Kwok Shing CHENG, Tak Lam WONG

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Abstract

This paper reports and discusses on the initial stage of a study aiming to explore the relationship between students’ learning styles and their acceptance of using Second Life (SL) for learning. Par- ticipants in this study involved a small group of undergraduate students (N = 17) taking a Visual Arts course called ‘Digital Imaging’ at a university in Hong Kong. They were asked to create and showcase their own digital artwork in SL. Furthermore, they were also required to present their work and critique peers’ work in SL. Their learning styles were measured by the Index of Learning Styles (ILS), whereas their acceptance of Second Life for learning was evaluated by a questionnaire designed by the author. Preliminary findings of this study reveal that most participants were identified as visual learners (i.e. the ones who prefer to see in graphical/video representation). However, active learners (i.e. the ones who prefer to try something out to see how it works) were found more likely to accept the educational use of SL. Copyright © 2012 SciRes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-345
JournalOpen Journal of Social Sciences
Volume2
Issue number2
Early online dateFeb 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Cheng, G., & Wong, T.-L. (2014). A study on learning styles and acceptance of using second life for learning in a visual arts course. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 2(2), 341-345.

Keywords

  • Second life
  • Virtual world
  • Learning styles
  • Learner acceptance