Exploring the Immersive Parasocial: Is it You or the Thought of You?

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dc.contributor.author Hai-Jew, Shalin
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-06T15:53:09Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-06T15:53:09Z
dc.date.issued 2010-04-06T15:53:09Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/3514
dc.description.abstract Immersive and persistent 3D virtual spaces have been adopted for e-learning in higher education. These spaces involve multi-sensory, real-time interactivity with other learners through high-fidelity, human-embodied avatars as well as automated ‘bots; these involve virtual contexts that situate various types of learning. Practitioners have discussed promoting immersive addictions to support long-term, deep-transfer, and complex systems-based learning. The social presences of human-embodied avatars, in individuals and groups, and their communications-heavy interactivity, have encouraged the development of parasocial relationships in several forms: self-love of people for their own avatars (which they may build up with a range of attractive features and digital powers), and other-love for others’ online personas. Understanding the parasocial spectrum will be important for those heading into immersive multiverses, especially with campuses starting to offer full-service virtual and distance support systems that encourage distance learning without the hybrid / blended or any aspect of face-to-face (F2F). This position paper explores ways to build immersive learning and to communicate to elicit the salutary parasocial effects while avoiding possible negative ones. en_US
dc.subject Parasocial en_US
dc.subject 3D immersive en_US
dc.subject Persistent virtual space en_US
dc.subject Human-embodied avatar en_US
dc.subject Social presence en_US
dc.subject Virtual relationships en_US
dc.subject Multiverses en_US
dc.subject Haptics en_US
dc.title Exploring the Immersive Parasocial: Is it You or the Thought of You? en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US
dc.date.published 2009 en_US
dc.citation.epage 561 en_US
dc.citation.issue 3 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching en_US
dc.citation.spage 550 en_US
dc.citation.volume 5 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid shalin en_US

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