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Educational Application of Metaverse: A Study of Group Interpreting Practice Sessions

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2022, 23(1), pp.225-257
  • DOI : 10.15749/jts.2022.23.1.008
  • Publisher : The Korean Association for Translation Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Interpretation and Translation Studies
  • Received : February 6, 2022
  • Accepted : March 22, 2022
  • Published : March 31, 2022

Jiun Huh 1

1이화여자대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study explores the educational application of Metaverse platforms in interpreter training, focusing on group interpreting practice sessions. The study aims to understand their potential in the interpreter training field. To this end, the study conducted group interpreting practice sessions on Gather Town and Virbela with students of a Masters program in interpreting in South Korea, and administered a questionnaire based on the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework. The questionnaire was designed to understand participants’ perceptions on the Metaverse platforms in group interpreting practice sessions and compare them with their perceptions on Zoom, an online conferencing platform used widely for classes and group interpreting practice sessions. The results showed a wide gap between the two platforms in cognitive presence, with Gather Town receiving positive reviews on many items. Most of the negative reviews on Virbela stemmed from technology issues. Zoom received the most positive review. Both Metaverse platforms received positive reviews on social presence, indicating a huge potential for Metaverse platforms in boosting affective capabilities in online learning, a blind spot in current online and remote platforms.

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