Rhetoric and reality: critical perspectives on education in a 3D virtual world

Gregory, Sue, Gregory, Brent, Wood, Denise, Butler, Des, Pasfield-Neofitou, Sarah, Hearns, Merle, de Freitas, Sarah, Farley, Helen, Warren, Ian, Jacka, Lisa, Stokes-Thompson, Frederick, Cox, Robert, Crowther, Patricia, Atkins, Clare, McDonald, Marcus, Reiners, Torsten, Wood, Lincoln, Sim, Jenny, Grant, Scott, Campbell, Chris, Hillier, Mathew, Meredith, Grant, Steel, Caroline, Jegathesan, Jay Jay, Zagami, Jason, Sukunesan, Suku, Gaukrodger, Belma, Schutt, Stefan, Le Rossignol, Karen, Hill, Matt, Rive, Pete and Wang, Xiangyu (2014). Rhetoric and reality: critical perspectives on education in a 3D virtual world. In: Bronwyn Hegarty, Jenny McDonald and Swee-Kin Loke, Rhetoric and Reality: Proceedings ascilite2014. ascilite2014: Rhetoric and Reality, Dunedin, NZ, (279-289). 23-26 November, 2014.

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Author Gregory, Sue
Gregory, Brent
Wood, Denise
Butler, Des
Pasfield-Neofitou, Sarah
Hearns, Merle
de Freitas, Sarah
Farley, Helen
Warren, Ian
Jacka, Lisa
Stokes-Thompson, Frederick
Cox, Robert
Crowther, Patricia
Atkins, Clare
McDonald, Marcus
Reiners, Torsten
Wood, Lincoln
Sim, Jenny
Grant, Scott
Campbell, Chris
Hillier, Mathew
Meredith, Grant
Steel, Caroline
Jegathesan, Jay Jay
Zagami, Jason
Sukunesan, Suku
Gaukrodger, Belma
Schutt, Stefan
Le Rossignol, Karen
Hill, Matt
Rive, Pete
Wang, Xiangyu
Title of paper Rhetoric and reality: critical perspectives on education in a 3D virtual world
Conference name ascilite2014: Rhetoric and Reality
Conference location Dunedin, NZ
Conference dates 23-26 November, 2014
Proceedings title Rhetoric and Reality: Proceedings ascilite2014
Place of Publication Dunedin, NZ
Publisher ascilite: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780473307509
Editor Bronwyn Hegarty
Jenny McDonald
Swee-Kin Loke
Start page 279
End page 289
Total pages 11
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The emergence of any new educational technology is often accompanied by inflated expectations about its potential for transforming pedagogical practice and improving student learning outcomes. A critique of the rhetoric accompanying the evolution of 3D virtual world education reveals a similar pattern, with the initial hype based more on rhetoric than research demonstrating the extent to which rhetoric matches reality. Addressed are the perceived gaps in the literature through a critique of the rhetoric evident throughout the evolution of the application of virtual worlds in education and the reality based on the reported experiences of experts in the field of educational technology, who are all members of the Australian and New Zealand Virtual Worlds Working Group. The experiences reported highlight a range of effective virtual world collaborative and communicative teaching experiences conducted in members’ institutions. Perspectives vary from those whose reality is the actuation of the initial rhetoric in the early years of virtual world education, to those whose reality is fraught with challenges that belie the rhetoric. Although there are concerns over institutional resistance, restrictions, and outdated processes on the one-hand, and excitement over the rapid emergence of innovation on the other, the prevailing reality seems to be that virtual world education is both persistent and sustainable. Explored are critical perspectives on the rhetoric and reality on the educational uptake and use of virtual worlds in higher education, providing an overview of the current and future directions for learning in virtual worlds.
Keyword 3D virtual worlds
Second Life
Gartner's hype cycle
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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