3D immersive virtual worlds in higher education: an Australian and New Zealand scoping study

Dalgarno, Barney and Lee, Mark J. W. and Carlson, Lauren and Gregory, Sue and Tynan, Belinda (2010) 3D immersive virtual worlds in higher education: an Australian and New Zealand scoping study. In: ASCILITE 2010: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Curriculum, Technology and Transformation for an Unknown Future, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper reports initial findings of a major scoping study that is being undertaken to examine current and planned applications of 3D immersive virtual worlds at higher education institutions across Australia and New Zealand. This scoping study is the first of its kind in the region. It is parallel and complementary to several studies conducted in other countries, and results obtained thus far appear consistent with international trends. The overall research design of the scoping study is discussed, along with preliminary results from the Australian/New Zealand sector-wide questionnaire. There seem to be preferred platforms being used in the Australian and New Zealand context, and usage has increased dramatically in recent years. Academics are using 3D immersive virtual worlds with their students in a variety of ways, for both assessable and non-assessable tasks. The project is supported by the Distance Education Hub research consortium, with team members from Charles Sturt University and the University of New England.


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Additional Information: Best paper award. Authors retain copyright. Copyright © 2010 Barney Dalgarno, Mark J.W. Lee, Lauren Carlson, Sue Gregory & Belinda Tynan. The author(s) assign to ascilite and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The author(s) also grant a non-exclusive licence to ascilite to publish this document on the ascilite web site and in other formats for Proceedings ascilite Sydney 2010. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the author(s).
Depositing User: Professor Belinda Tynan
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Distance and e-Learning Centre
Date Deposited: 10 May 2012 05:08
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2013 00:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, virtual Worlds, technology
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21143

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