Ενισχύοντας κοινωνικές δεξιότητες σε περιβάλλοντα ηλεκτρονικής μάθησης: ένα διαπολιτισμικό σεμινάριο κατάρτισης σε εικονικούς κόσμους για την υποστήριξη της επαγγελματικής ανάπτυξης εκπαιδευτικών
KeywordsSecond Life ; Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) ; Problem-based learning ; Cognitive apprenticeship ; Teacher professional development
As the increasing interaction of people, countries and cultures unfolds today’s teachers must raise standards and manage dealing issues based on cultural differences. The discourse concerning cultural interactivity should be major in Teacher Professional Development (TPD). It is widely accepted that Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) and especially 3D platforms as Second Life (SL) could enhance Social and Cross cultural skills as Information and Media Literacy. Aim of this research is the design, implementation and evaluation of a Cross Cultural Training Program orchestrated along the lines of Cognitive Apprenticeship and Problem Based Problem theories combined with the processes of collaborative strategies in an online 3D Virtual Learning Environment so as to empower TPD. The designed activities and the script was built on ancient Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts. This study reveals that Social and Cross Cultural Skills as well as Information and Media Literacy skills along with the engagement of teachers being exposed to SL training, is significantly increased.