The Researchers’ Toolbox: Volume 3, No. 1, 2010 of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is now available. This is required reading for anyone interested in evaluating virtual worlds, and most of the articles will extend to researching educational applications of virtual worlds. And it’s all open access.
The editors had so many good submissions that a second number will be coming out in December/January.
Table of Contents:
Virtual Worlds, the IRB and a User’s Bill of Rights
Jeffrey M. Stanton
How to approach a many splendoured thing: Proxy Technology Assessment as a methodological praxis to study virtual experience
Lizzy Bleumers, Kris Naessens, An Jacobs
dint u say that: Digital Discourse, Digital Natives and Gameplay
A Design Research Approach to Developing User Innovation Workshops in Second Life
Remko Helms, Elia Giovacchini, Robin Teigland, Thomas Kolher
What are users thinking in a virtual world lesson? Using stimulated recall interviews to report student cognition, and its triggers
Lyn Henderson, Michael Henderson, Scott Grant, Hui Huang
Applying Constant Comparative and Discourse Analyses to Virtual Worlds Research
Peter Leong, Samuel R. H. Joseph, Rachel Boulay
Learning spaces, tasks and metrics for effective communication in Second Life within the context of programming LEGO NXT Mindstorms™ robots: towards a framework for design and implementation.
Stewart Martin, Michael Vallance, Paul van Schaik, Charles Wiz
Conducting Empirical Research in 3D Virtual Worlds: Experiences from two projects in Second Life
Shailey Minocha, Minh Tran, Ahmad John Reeves
eLab City: A Platform for Academic Research on Virtual Worlds
Thomas P. Novak
Process, Paratexts, and Texts: Rhetorical Analysis and Virtual Worlds
Christopher A. Paul
Interviews within experimental frameworks: How to make sense of sense-making in virtual worlds
CarrieLynn D. Reinhard
Using Design-Based Research for Virtual Worlds Research Projects
The Neil A. Armstrong Library and Archives: That’s One Small Step for a Virtual World Library, One Giant Leap for Education!