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dc.contributor.authorParmaxi, Antigoni-
dc.contributor.authorStylianou, Kostas-
dc.contributor.authorZaphiris, Panayiotis-
dc.identifier.citation11th International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication Technologies and Learning, 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece, 30 November- 1 Decemberen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper reports on an exploratory study on the use of Google Expeditions in the context of an intensive 650-h Greek language course for specific academic purposes. Google Expeditions are collections of linked virtual reality (VR) content and supporting materials that can enable teachers to guide students through virtual trips to places throughout the world including museums, surgical processes, outer space, the ocean etc. Qualitative thematic analysis of instructors’ field notes, students’ reflections, interviews and focus group was employed aiming at identifying the potential of Google Expeditions as instructional tools that can extend the language course for specific academic purposes in topics related to Nursing. To triangulate the findings, the study also collected data by observing students’ behavior in the use of Google Expeditions. The use of Google Expeditions enabled students to extend the borders of the classroom by making virtual walkthroughs in places that would normally be unreachable and trigger social exploration through inter- and extra-VR communication, sharing of ideas, concepts, experiences and artifacts. The outcomes have shown that actions taken by the students and instructor during a virtual trip in nursing-related places reveal results in favor of the use of Google Expeditions in the language classroom. Further implications for practitioners and researchers are also provided.en_US
dc.publisherSpringer Verlagen_US
dc.rights© Springer International Publishing AGen_US
dc.subjectGoogle expeditionsen_US
dc.subjectLow-cost vren_US
dc.subjectSocial constructionismen_US
dc.subjectTechnology-Enhanced learningen_US
dc.subjectVirtual realityen_US
dc.titleEnabling social exploration through virtual guidance in google expeditions: An exploratory studyen_US
dc.collaborationCyprus University of Technologyen_US
dc.subject.categoryComputer and Information Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.fieldNatural Sciencesen_US
dc.publicationPeer Revieweden_US
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item.languageiso639-1other- Centre- of Multimedia and Graphic Arts- Centre- of Fine and Applied Arts- University of Technology- of Fine and Applied Arts-
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