The gender differences in metaverse : a study of university art & design students

Kung Wong Lau

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There is no strong evidence hitherto supporting the males have more competency on using computer than females do, however, gender differences in the use of online learning have been a controversial topic especially since the popularity of shared virtual learning platform like metaverse. In this paper, I am not going to investigate the differences between males and females in using computers as the previous research did, but rather looking at, is there any clear gender differences in E-Learning in particular to the learning in metaverse? An empirical research has been carried out with a pilot lesson in the metaverse and a set of post-lesson online interviews to study the gender differences in a selected metaverse. Although the findings showed no significant gender differences in operating avatars and the system, a clear gender differences in choosing avatars as well as art & design students’ virtual identities have been identified. This gender awareness of choosing avatars can potentially influence art & design students’ learning experience, which is one of the essential areas for studying gender differences in metaverse for further exploration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalOpen journal of art and communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Gender
  • Art & Design students
  • Metaverse
  • E-Learning
  • Learning experience


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