Avatar and Olly: Discovering the impact of ICTs on youth social engagement

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Schutt, Stefan, Cartledge, James, Martino, John, Schmidt, Justin and Menegon, Miles (2007) Avatar and Olly: Discovering the impact of ICTs on youth social engagement. In: Ascilite Singapore 2007. ICT: Providing choices for learners and learning, 2nd - 5th December 2007, Singapore.


This paper presents preliminary research work of the Avatar Project, a Victoria University and VicHealth project dealing with young people’s use of technology within an online multi-user environment. The paper outlines the Avatar project, reports on experiences in establishing a 3D online world for youth participants, and presents the project’s research protocol/methodology for its in-depth three-year study. The paper also presents the Olly Tool, a new browser-based instant messaging tool that enables researchers to establish a secure [closed] instant messaging network for collaborative classroom work-shopping in an online setting.

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15875
Subjects Historical > SEO Classification > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Work-Based Education Research Centre (WERC)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keywords computer-human interaction, virtual reality and related simulation, social change, ICTs, 3D online environments, second life, Olly tool, instant messaging
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