Alternative realities: immersive learning for and with students

Gregory, Sue and Reiners, Torsten and Tynan, Belinda (2010) Alternative realities: immersive learning for and with students. In: Distance learning technology, current instruction, and the future of education: applications of today, practices of tomorrow. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 245-272. ISBN 9781615206728

Abstract

As students increasingly engage with alternative social networking (or realities) there is a scope for educators to explore whether they pose opportunities for rethinking learning and teaching spaces. The authors argue that there is a requirement to shift away from mapping traditional thinking about what constitutes a learning experience when considering virtual worlds. This chapter draws upon two case studies that have provided two distinctly different learning designs for Logistics students and pre-service teachers. These cases, alongside a comprehensive review of the use of virtual worlds in education will draw out issues and factors which need to be considered when pursuing virtual worlds as learning spaces. Specifically, discussion and recommendations will have a focus on pedagogical, organisational, equity and access, cultural, economic and social factors relevant to the use of virtual worlds in distance education.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 15. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Print copy held in the USQ Library at call no. 371.358 Dis.
Depositing User: Professor Belinda Tynan
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 18 May 2012 00:38
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2013 03:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual worlds, technology, higher education
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.4018/978-1-61520-672-8.ch015
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21119

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