Virtual worlds: exploring potential for educational interaction

Albion, Peter (2008) Virtual worlds: exploring potential for educational interaction. In: ED-MEDIA 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008, 30 June - 4 July 2008, Vienna, Austria.

Abstract

[Abstract]: Interaction is widely accepted as essential for learning. The challenge of distance education is to overcome transactional distance through provision of appropriate opportunities for interaction. Asynchronous and synchronous computer-mediated communication via text, audio and video has done much to reduce transactional distance. 3D online spaces may offer further opportunities to reduce transactional distance but it will be necessary to identify the most appropriate forms of interaction to be included in learning environments using such spaces. As an aid to investigating possible applications of 3D online spaces in distance education some means of mapping out the territory to be explored is desirable. This paper proposes one such map and suggests examples of applications that might be explored in various areas of the map.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Peter Albion
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2008 01:53
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2014 06:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: interaction, 3D virtual environment, educational design
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4279

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