Changing worlds: virtual worlds for higher degree research, supervision and networking

Jacka, Lisa and Gregory, Sue and Stokes-Thompson, Frederick and McKeown Orwin, Lindy and Farley, Helen and Ellis, Allan and Grant, Scott and Hearns, Merle (2011) Changing worlds: virtual worlds for higher degree research, supervision and networking. In: ASCILITE 2011: 28th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Changing Demands, Changing Directions, 4-7 Dec 2011, Hobart, Australia.

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Abstract

The DEHub Virtual Worlds Working Group (VWWG) consists of Australian and New Zealand higher education academics investigating the role that virtual worlds (VWs) play in the future of education. A sub group of the VWWG that includes Higher Degree Research (HDR) students and supervisors have been meeting regularly in the VW of second life. Many of these HDR students are the only student within their institution researching VWs. In many ways they lack the peer support that is so important to facilitate an expedient and successful completion of PhD candidates’ dissertations. Through the regular VW meetings the HDR VW group have overcome the isolation of working alone and have developed a strong collegial network that extends beyond their individual institutions. These students and supervisors represent a cross section of researchers who are using VWs as a vital resource for their investigations, collegial networking and student-supervisor communication. Meeting with like-minded HDR students has facilitated a range of opinions and debate in relation to supervisor roles, methodologies, VW skills and research techniques.


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Additional Information: A panel discussion. Copyright © 2011 Lisa Jacka, Sue Gregory, Frederick Stokes-Thompson, Lindy McKeown Orwin, Helen Farley, Allan Ellis, Scott Grant & Merle Hearns 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 the Proceedings ascilite Hobart 2011. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the author(s).
Depositing User: Dr Helen Farley
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2012 00:26
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 05:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual worlds; multi-user virtual environments; postgraduate supervision
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21359

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