Title: Avatars and identification in online communication

Authors: Krunoslav Bedi, Suzana Sestan, Nikolina Zajdela Hrustek

Addresses: School of Building and Crafts Cakovec, Sportska 1, HR 40000 Cakovec, Croatia. ' School of Building and Crafts Cakovec, Sportska 1, HR-40000 Cakovec, Croatia. ' Faculty of Organization and Informatics Varazdin, University of Zagreb, Pavlinska 2, 42000 Varazdin, Croatia

Abstract: The purpose of the research is to identify the factors of the visual identification by means of graphically shaped elements – avatars. In the contemporary times of the online games, communication and visual domination, the virtual identification by means of avatars qualifies as an inevitable element of the visual distinction and identification. Within an online course that was taken by means of Moodle LMS, |Manipulating images with GIMP|, the students were given the opportunity of setting up avatars in order to create visual identities.

Keywords: avatars; visual identification; online communication; online courses; Moodle; virtual identification; image manipulation; e-learning; online learning; electronic learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIDSS.2010.033673

International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems, 2010 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.22 - 29

Published online: 15 Jun 2010 *

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