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Title: Alternative Realities: Immersive Learning for and with Students
Contributor(s): Gregory, Susanne  (author)orcid ; Reiners, Torsten (author); Tynan, Belinda (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: As students increasingly engage with alternative social networking (or realities) there is a scope for educators to explore whether they pose opportunities for rethinking learning and teaching spaces. The authors argue that there is a requirement to shift away from mapping traditional thinking about what constitutes a learning experience when considering virtual worlds. This chapter draws upon two case studies that have provided two distinctly different learning designs for Logistics students and pre-service teachers. These cases, alongside a comprehensive review of the use of virtual worlds in education will draw out issues and factors which need to be considered when pursuing virtual worlds as learning spaces. Specifically, discussion and recommendations will have a focus on pedagogical, organisational, equity and access, cultural, economic and social factors relevant to the use of virtual worlds in distance education.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Distance Learning Technology, Current Instruction, and the Future of Education: Applications of Today, Practices of Tomorrow, p. 245-272
Publisher: Information Science Reference
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISBN: 9781615206735
Field of Research (FOR): 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930201 Pedagogy
930102 Learner and Learning Processes
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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