Team role preference and online role play

Roberts, Alan G. (2008) Team role preference and online role play. In Frontiers in Higher Education : Proceedings of International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2008, National University of Singapore, National University of Singapore, Singapore, pp. 280-286.


Role play approaches have been used in online environments in an effort to create a mix of contested ideas and to promote participant engagement. While it is recognised that there is an aspect of ‘fun’ associated with role play there is a need to understand role assignment more rigorously than simply levels of reported participation and enjoyment. It is the contention of this paper that individuals are unlikely to be able to authentically play a role and, that in fact, there may be little purpose to contrived roles. Additionally, the literature has widely reported that personality factors, such as introversion and extroversion continue to be of significance in the way that individuals contribute in online contexts. The findings in the study reported in this paper confirm that introversion and extroversion do, indeed, play a role in the way individuals contribute in online environments. Thus, this paper argues that an active consideration needs to be given to individuals preferred (or natural) way of working even where use is made of online role play.

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ID Code: 41617
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Role play, online environments, participant engagement, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 National University of Singapore
Deposited On: 09 May 2011 23:01
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 05:12

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