Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/13845
Title: Virtual Worlds for learning: done and dusted?
Contributor(s): Newman, Christine (author); Farley, Helen (author); Gregory, Sue (author)orcid ; Jacka, Lisa (author); Scutter, Sheila (author); McDonald, Marcus (author)
Publication Date: 2013
Open Access: Yes
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/13845
Open Access Link: http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/sydney13/program/papers/Newman.pdf
Abstract: When Second Life first came to the attention of the mainstream media in 2007, educators recognised the potential of virtual worlds for teaching and learning. They seemed to be the ideal environments to facilitate authentic learning, alleviate the tyranny of distance for students not on campus, and provide an inexpensive and safe environment to teach skills that were too dangerous or expensive to teach in the real world. In spite of all this fanfare, virtual worlds have failed to gain significant traction in higher education. This paper outlines a preliminary investigation into the reasons why virtual worlds have not been adopted for learning and teaching. The reflections of the six authors on this topic were subjected to a thematic analysis with themes arranged under four broad topics. This information informed the development of a survey to be distributed more widely to further explore this phenomenon.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Electric Dreams: 30th ascilite Conference, Sydney, Australia, 1st - 4th December, 2013
Source of Publication: 30th ascilite Conference Proceedings, p. 622-626
Publisher: Macquarie University
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130103 Higher Education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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