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Title: Adults Learning in a Virtual World
Contributor(s): Gregory, Sue (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: Learning theories have been around for more than a century, however, the theories of how adults learn are relatively new, having only been developed in the past 50 years. These theories are all based around learning in a face-to-face environment or online in digital environments using Web 2.0 (i.e., social computing) tools. This paper explores current and emerging theories of how adults learn in a virtual world. These theories are examined to propose a framework of how adults learn in a virtual world, i.e., a computer-generated world that is inhabited by individual avatars (persona) to interact with the environment and people (other avatars) as a learning space. At present, there does not appear to be a specific theory developed to explain how adults learn in virtual worlds. This paper will explore which adult learning theories, if any, underpin adult learning in a virtual world.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: ACEC 2012: Australian Computers in Education Conference - ITS Time: Information Technology in Schools Time, Perth, Australia, 2nd - 5th October, 2012
Source of Publication: Australian Computers in Education Conference (ACEC 2012) Refereed Proceedings, p. 1-9
Publisher: Educational Computing Association of Western Australia Inc (ECAWA) for the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE)
Place of Publication: Perth, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 130103 Higher Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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