Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/9328
Title: Educational assessment in virtual world environments
Contributor(s): Reiners, Torsten (author); Gregory, Sue (author)orcid ; Dreher, Heinz (author)
Publication Date: 2011
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/9328
Abstract: Facilitating and empowering learners and teachers through technology has primarily concentrated on content and management aspects rather than on assessments aspects of the education enterprise. Recent developments in virtual world technology have sparked a raft of projects exploring the possibilities to enhance learning outcomes. In this article, automated support for educational assessment is focussed on via three case studies implemented in Second Life, the 3D virtual world implemented by Linden Labs. This paper discusses the assessment tasks, the methods used and provides an analysis of our results. The University of Hamburg case study involves scenario-based software development projects. The Curtin University case study focuses on simulating the business processes of the Automated Assessment Lab, which provides automated assessment opportunities to staff of the Curtin Business School, and in which a virtual world model of the entire assessment life cycle is created. A third case study from the University of New England, VirtualPREX (Virtual Professional Experience), explores self, peer and academic formative and summative assessment in virtual world role-play scenarios. Each case study comprises a description of intent and implementation, followed by evaluative comments from the role players, providing insight into the benefits that may accrue from the use of virtual world technology for students, teachers and educational administrators.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Australian Technology Network Assessment Conference 2011 - Meeting the Challenges, Perth, Australia, 20th - 21st October, 2011
Conference Details: Australian Technology Network Assessment Conference 2011 - Meeting the Challenges, Perth, Australia, 20th - 21st October, 2011
Source of Publication: Meeting the Challenges: Proceedings of the ATN Assessment Conference 2011, p. 132-140
Publisher: Curtin University
Place of Publication: Perth, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
130103 Higher Education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://otl.curtin.edu.au/atna2011/files/ATNA_2011_Proceedings.pdf
http://otl.curtin.edu.au/atna2011/
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