Teaching and learning in virtual worlds: Is it worth the effort?

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Gregory S
Ellis A
Crisp G
Grenfell J
Thomas Dr. AA
Campbell M
Farley, Helen

Educators have been quick to spot the enormous potential afforded by virtual worlds for situated and authentic learning, practising tasks with potentially serious consequences in the real world and for bringing geographically dispersed faculty and students together in the same space (Gee, 2007; Johnson and Levine, 2008). Though this potential has largely been realised, it generally isn't without cost in terms of lack of institutional buy-in, steep learning curves for all participants, and lack of a sound theoretical framework to support learning activities (Campbell, 2009; Cheal, 2007; Kluge & Riley, 2008). This symposium will explore the affordances and issues associated with teaching and learning in virtual worlds, all the time considering the question: is it worth the effort?. © 2010 Helen Farley, Sue Gregory, Allan Ellis, Geoffrey Crisp, Jenny Grenfell, Angela Thomas & Mathew Campbell.

Farley H, Gregory S, Ellis A, Crisp G, Grenfell J, Thomas Dr. AA, Campbell M (2010). Teaching and learning in virtual worlds: Is it worth the effort?. ASCILITE 2010 - The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. 339-342.
virtual worlds, affordances, institutional adoption
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Fields of Research::39 - Education::3903 - Education systems::390303 - Higher education
Fields of Research::39 - Education::3904 - Specialist studies in education::390409 - Learning sciences
Fields of Research::46 - Information and computing sciences::4607 - Graphics, augmented reality and games::460708 - Virtual and mixed reality
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