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Title: Introduction
Contributor(s): Lee, Mark J W (author); Dalgarno, Barney (author); Gregory, Sue  (author)orcid ; Tynan, Belinda (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Three-dimensional (3D) immersive virtual worlds have been touted as being capable of facilitating highly interactive, engaging, multimodal learning experiences; as a result, they have enjoyed considerable interest and uptake in education over the past several years. Educators and institutions worldwide have invested heavily in virtual worlds, with some making use of commercially hosted platforms like Second Life and ActiveWorlds, and others extending and adapting open-source products such as OpenSimulator (OpenSim), Open Wonderland, and Open Cobalt to create worlds hosted on internal servers and networks. Still others have built their own bespoke platforms and systems using a variety of programming languages and game engines to accommodate specific needs and goals.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Learning in Virtual Worlds: Research and Applications, p. xix-xxvii
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Place of Publication: Edmonton, Canada
ISBN: 9781771991339
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130103 Higher Education
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390405 Educational technology and computing
390303 Higher education
390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
930201 Pedagogy
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160302 Pedagogy
160304 Teaching and instruction technologies
HERDC Category Description: B2 Chapter in a Book - Other
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Series Name: Issues in Distance Education
Editor: Editor(s): Sue Gregory, Mark J W Lee, Barney Dalgarno, Belinda Tynan
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