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JOURNALISM PRACTICES: CASE STUDY USING A VIRTUAL SIMULATED NEWSROOM ON SECOND LIFE

A. Amsellem Santos1, A. Loureiro2

1Instituto Politécnico de Viseu-ESEV (PORTUGAL)
2Instituto Politécnico de Santarém-ESES (PORTUGAL)
The study main purpose is to identify in what extent a virtual simulated newsroom in second life could influence the practical knowhow of the journalism students. All the students involved took pre and post surveys and underwent direct observation. The results analyzed showed that in spite of many technological handicaps students had a better performance concerning best newsroom practices, the results also indicated that online students learned just as much as in a face to face situation and also that students enjoyed the teaching and learning experience better then the traditional way. The investigation took under consideration some of the latest studies concerning e-learning and b-learning strategies. The teaching/learning experience selected for this case study provided a good opportunity to evaluate some different online teaching/learning methods. As the main study focus was about practical behaviors this popular virtual 3d platform showed to be a very handy tool to develop some of the Journalism course curricular items.