Virtual worlds for learning: Done and dusted?

Newman, C, Farley, H, Gregory, S, Jacka, L, Scutter, S and McDonald, M 2013, 'Virtual worlds for learning: Done and dusted?', in H Carter, M Gosper & J Hedberg (ed.) Proceedings of the 30th Ascilite Conference: Electric Dreams, Sydney, Australia, 1-4 December 2013, pp. 622-626.

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Virtual worlds for learning: Done and dusted?
Author(s) Newman, C
Farley, H
Gregory, S
Jacka, L
Scutter, S
McDonald, M
Year 2013
Conference name Ascilite 2013
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 1-4 December 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 30th Ascilite Conference: Electric Dreams
Editor(s) H Carter, M Gosper & J Hedberg
Publisher Macquarie University
Place of publication Australia
Start page 622
End page 626
Total pages 5
Abstract 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.
Subjects Educational Technology and Computing
Keyword(s) Virtual worlds
higher education
second life
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