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International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments

January 2018 Volume 8, Number 1

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Number of articles: 5

  1. Avatar-Based Group Discussions in Virtual Worlds: Facilitation, Communication Modalities, and Benefits of Participation (Book Chapter Enhancement)

    Natalie Nussli, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland, Lucerne, Switzerland; Kevin Oh, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, United States

    This article focuses on developing guidelines for the effective facilitation of avatar-based group discussions. This qualitative inquiry is guided by an investigation of (1) social affordances of... More

    pp. 1-24

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  2. Mobile App to Support Teaching in Distance Mode at Fiji National University: Design and Evaluation

    Bimal Kumar & Sailesh Chand, Fiji National University, Suva, Fiji

    In order to assist in delivering of courses in distance mode at Fiji National University a mobile learning app was designed and evaluated. The main objective of this app was to provide learning... More

    pp. 25-37

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  3. Online Metacognitive Reading Strategies by Internal and External Locus of Control

    Mitra Mesgar, University of Technology Petronas, Seri Iskandar, Malaysia; Dara Tafazoli, University of Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

    This quantitative study focuses on online metacognitive reading strategies used by 39 Iranian postgraduate students with internal and external locus of control. The students were selected through... More

    pp. 38-50

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  4. Malaysian University Students' Preferences of Social Media and LMS in Academia

    Shaidatul Kasuma, School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia; Mohamad Saleh, School of Communication, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia; Ayuni Akhiar, School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia; Yanny Ismail, School of Material and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

    Academic online portals of Learning Management System (LMS) and social media have become a necessity in many higher education institutions to tie classroom meetings with learning resources. This... More

    pp. 51-67

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  5. Iranian EFL Learners' Cognitive Styles and Their Explanations of Conceptual Metaphors

    Dara Tafazoli, University of Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain; Somaye Piri, Texas A&M University, College Station, United States

    The current study aims to investigate Iranian EFL learners' cognitive styles and their explanations of conceptual metaphors, offering a possible range of individual differences in metaphor... More

    pp. 68-78

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