Drawing on existing research from the fields of human geography and environmental psychology, we define the term sense of place (SOP) and point out the subtle differences between the various uses of the term in respect of different technology capabilities associated with Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs). We also identify the attributes of a place that affect a user’s perceived sense of place. Finally, we provide an analysis of the dimensions of the sense of place construct as it relates to the different technology capabilities associated with VLEs. The paper lays a foundation for further empirical research on the notion of SOP, its impact on learning outcomes and design of VLEs.
Arora, Vipin and Khazanchi, Deepak, "Sense of Place in Virtual Learning Environments" (2014). MWAIS 2014 Proceedings. 8.