How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds?

Gregory, Brent, Gregory, Sue, Wood, Denise, Masters, Yvonne, Hillier, Mathew, Stokes-Thompson, Frederick, Bogdanovych, Anton, Butler, Des, Hay, Lyn, Jegathesan, Jay Jay, Flintoff, Kim, Schutt, Stefan, Linegar, Dale, Alderton, Robyn, Cram, Andrew, Stupans, Ieva, McKeown Orwin, Lindy, Meredith, Grant, McCormick, Debbie, Collins, Francesca, Grenfell, Jenny, Zagami, Jason, Ellis, Allan, Jacka, Lisa, Campbell, John, Larson, Ian, Fluck, Andrew, Thomas, Angela, Farley, Helen, Muldoon, Nona, Abbas, Ali, Sinnappan, Suku, Neville, Katrina, Burnett, Ian, Aitken, Ashley, Simoff, Simeon, Scutter, Sheila, Wang, Xiangyu, Souter, Kay, Ellis, David, Salomon, Mandy, Wadley, Greg, Jacobson, Michael, Newstead, Anne, Hayes, Gary, Grant, Scott and Yusupova, Alyona (2011). How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds?. In: G. Williams, P. Statham, N. Brown and B. Cleland, Ascilite 2011 : Changing Demands, Changing Directions : Proceedings. ASCILITE 2011: Changing Demands, Changing Directions, Hobart, Tasmania, (475-490). 4-7 December 2011.

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Author Gregory, Brent
Gregory, Sue
Wood, Denise
Masters, Yvonne
Hillier, Mathew
Stokes-Thompson, Frederick
Bogdanovych, Anton
Butler, Des
Hay, Lyn
Jegathesan, Jay Jay
Flintoff, Kim
Schutt, Stefan
Linegar, Dale
Alderton, Robyn
Cram, Andrew
Stupans, Ieva
McKeown Orwin, Lindy
Meredith, Grant
McCormick, Debbie
Collins, Francesca
Grenfell, Jenny
Zagami, Jason
Ellis, Allan
Jacka, Lisa
Campbell, John
Larson, Ian
Fluck, Andrew
Thomas, Angela
Farley, Helen
Muldoon, Nona
Abbas, Ali
Sinnappan, Suku
Neville, Katrina
Burnett, Ian
Aitken, Ashley
Simoff, Simeon
Scutter, Sheila
Wang, Xiangyu
Souter, Kay
Ellis, David
Salomon, Mandy
Wadley, Greg
Jacobson, Michael
Newstead, Anne
Hayes, Gary
Grant, Scott
Yusupova, Alyona
Title of paper How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds?
Conference name ASCILITE 2011: Changing Demands, Changing Directions
Conference location Hobart, Tasmania
Conference dates 4-7 December 2011
Proceedings title Ascilite 2011 : Changing Demands, Changing Directions : Proceedings
Journal name ASCILITE 2011 - The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Place of Publication Hobart, Tasmania
Publisher University of Tasmania
Publication Year 2011
Year available 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781862956445
Editor G. Williams
P. Statham
N. Brown
B. Cleland
Start page 475
End page 490
Total pages 16
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Over the past decade, teaching and learning in virtual worlds has been at the forefront of many higher education institutions around the world. The DEHub Virtual Worlds Working Group (VWWG) consisting of Australian and New Zealand higher education academics was formed in 2009. These educators are investigating the role that virtual worlds play in the future of education and actively changing the direction of their own teaching practice and curricula. 47 academics reporting on 28 Australian higher education institutions present an overview of how they have changed directions through the effective use of virtual worlds for diverse teaching and learning activities such as business scenarios and virtual excursions, role-play simulations, experimentation and language development. The case studies offer insights into the ways in which institutions are continuing to change directions in their teaching to meet changing demands for innovative teaching, learning and research in virtual worlds. This paper highlights the ways in which the authors are using virtual worlds to create opportunities for rich, immersive and authentic activities that would be difficult or not possible to achieve through more traditional approaches.
Keyword Virtual worlds
Second Life
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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