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Title: Taking the Distance Out of Learning for Students Through a Virtual World
Contributor(s): Gregory, Sue  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6286-6_8
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Abstract: With everyone's busy schedules, more and more people are opting to study via distance education as off-campus students. This enables them to continue working and keep involved in their community and family activities without relocating. What does distance education mean to students? Traditionally it was receiving materials via the post, completing assignments, posting them back for marking and then doing an exam at the end of the semester. Nowadays, distance learning encompasses a variety of online tools received via a Learning Management System that houses them. Students now participate in discussion boards, chat rooms, blogs and group work in wikis. They listen to podcasts and view videos or presentations of the course materials. However, students are still feeling the isolation of studying by themselves. Students do not want to have to participate in residential schools, but they do want to get to know fellow students and their educator. Students who have opted to undertake their studies using the virtual world of Second Life have found many of their concerns disappear. They are able to participate from any location worldwide, from their own home, but, at the same time, get a sense of "being there". Students feel it is like face-to-face lectures and have become good friends with their peers. Off-campus students now have the opportunity to undertake their studies "virtually on campus" without physically attending. Second Life enables distance students to study synchronously or asynchronously whilst gaining the benefits that on-campus students experience without changing their lifestyles to do so. Studying through a virtual world takes the distance out of their learning.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Synthetic Worlds: Emerging Technologies in Education and Economics, p. 205-231
Publisher: Springer New York
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISBN: 9781461462866
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 130103 Higher Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 390303 Higher education
390405 Educational technology and computing
390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930201 Pedagogy
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160303 Teacher and instructor development
160302 Pedagogy
160304 Teaching and instruction technologies
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Series Name: Integrated Series in Information Systems
Series Number : 33
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Editor: Editor(s): Andreas Hebbel-Seeger, Torsten Reiners, Dennis Schaffer
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