Virtual worlds for learning: done and dusted?

Newman, Christine, Farley, Helen, Gregory, Sue, Jacka, Lisa, Scutter, Sheila and McDonald, Marcus (2013). Virtual worlds for learning: done and dusted?. In: H. Carter, M. Gosper and J. Hedberg, Proceedings of the 30th Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (ASCILITE 2013). Electric Dreams: 30th ascilite Conference, North Ryde, NSW, Australia, (622-626). 1-4 December 2013.

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Author Newman, Christine
Farley, Helen
Gregory, Sue
Jacka, Lisa
Scutter, Sheila
McDonald, Marcus
Title of paper Virtual worlds for learning: done and dusted?
Conference name Electric Dreams: 30th ascilite Conference
Conference location North Ryde, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 1-4 December 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 30th Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (ASCILITE 2013)
Place of Publication North Ryde, NSW, Australia
Publisher Macquarie University
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781741384031
Editor H. Carter
M. Gosper
J. Hedberg
Start page 622
End page 626
Total pages 5
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
When Second Life first came to the attention of the mainstream media in 2007, educators recognised the potential of virtual worlds for teaching and learning. They seemed to be the ideal environments to facilitate authentic learning, alleviate the tyranny of distance for students not on campus, and provide an inexpensive and safe environment to teach skills that were too dangerous or expensive to teach in the real world. In spite of all this fanfare, virtual worlds have failed to gain significant traction in higher education. This paper outlines a preliminary investigation into the reasons why virtual worlds have not been adopted for learning and teaching. The reflections of the six authors on this topic were subjected to a thematic analysis with themes arranged under four broad topics. This information informed the development of a survey to be distributed more widely to further explore this phenomenon.
Keyword Virtual worlds
Higher education
Second Life
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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