Using virtual worlds in rural and regional educational institutions

Gregory, Sue, Jacka, Lisa, Hillier, Mathew and Grant, Scott (2015). Using virtual worlds in rural and regional educational institutions. In: 3 Decades On: Reflections Upon Rural Education - Achievements, Challenges and Future Directions, Armidale, NSW, Australia, (73-90). 1-3 October 2014.

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Author Gregory, Sue
Jacka, Lisa
Hillier, Mathew
Grant, Scott
Title of paper Using virtual worlds in rural and regional educational institutions
Conference name 3 Decades On: Reflections Upon Rural Education - Achievements, Challenges and Future Directions
Conference location Armidale, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 1-3 October 2014
Convener SPERA
Journal name Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Place of Publication Wembley, WA, Australia
Publisher Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
ISSN 1839-7387
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 73
End page 90
Total pages 18
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper presents four case studies from two regional and two metropolitan Australian universities, showcasing how 3D virtual world platforms have been used to connect, engage and motivate students in both co-located and non-co-located contexts. The case studies provide practical examples of how virtual worlds and associated applications have been operationalised in real teaching and learning contexts involving a range of different disciplines. For rural educators looking for innovative ways to enrich the student learning experience, the case studies offer first hand insights into the potential and the problems of using virtual worlds for educational purposes.
Keyword Virtual worlds
3D virtual worlds
Rural and remote
education
e Assessment
formative assessment
ICT pedagogy
Linux
Offline
Portable computers
Virtual Learning Environment
Moodle
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes SPERA conference program available from http://www.spera.asn.au/school/2014-08-27-2014-conference-program.

 
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