Assembled 2012

The JVWR, Volume 5, No. 1

Published: May 18, 2012

The editorial team for this issue:

David Kurt Herold, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Shailey Minocha, Department of Computing, The Open University,UK

Natalia Rybas, Department of Communication Studies, Indiana University East, USA

Virtual worlds research, it appears from the papers in this issue, is still in its infancy. As these five papers highlight that role of virtual worlds in student experience, identity in virtual worlds, and use of virtual worlds by people with disabilities are some of the areas that require further investigation, experimentation, analysis, and discussion.

Original call: CfP: SLACTIONS 2011 & Assembled (2012)

Managing Editor Corner

Welcome to the First Issue of 2012

Yesha Y. Sivan

Issue Editors’ Corner

An Assembled Issue

David Kurt Herold, Shailey Minocha, Natalia Rybas 

Research Papers

Who is Portrayed in Second Life: Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde? The Extent of Congruence Between Real Life and Virtual Identity

Bernadett Koles, Peter Nagy

Samarita Ibanez: An Identity Journey from First Life to Second

Samara Mamatovna Anarbaeva

Between Purpose and Method: A Review of Educational Research on 3D Virtual Worlds

Sahoon H. Kim, Jiyeon Lee Lee, Michael K. Thomas

Second Life and Academia – Reframing the Debate between Supporters and Critics

David Kurt Herold

How do People with Disability Use and Experience Virtual Worlds and ICT: A Literature Review

Karen Stendal