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Title: 'Second Life': Harnessing Virtual World Technology to Enhance Student Engagement and Learning
Contributor(s): Masters, Yvonne  (author)orcid ; Gregory, Sue  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2010
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Abstract: Technology is often used in higher education to deliver a range of online materials to students. Most commonly this online delivery occurs through learning management systems such as 'Blackboard', 'Moodle' and 'Sakai'. However, with the emergence of virtual worlds there is an opportunity to harness this technology to enhance student engagement and learning in new and innovative ways. Outlined in this paper is an examination of how 'Second Life' has been used in three pilot studies at the University of New England and argues that there are effective gains to be made in the future by using this medium for learning and teaching, particularly for off-campus students.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: University Learning and Teaching Futures (ULT-Futures) Colloquium: Rethinking Learning in Your Discipline, Armidale, Australia, 8th - 9th September, 2010
Source of Publication: Rethinking Learning in Your Discipline: Proceedings of the University Learning and Teaching Futures Colloquium, 2010
Publisher: Teaching and Learning Centre, University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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