Supervising higher degree research (HDR) candidates at a distance: what do emerging virtual world technologies have to offer?

Willems, Julie and Farley, Helen and Ellis, Allan and McCormick, Debbie and Walker, Dan (2011) Supervising higher degree research (HDR) candidates at a distance: what do emerging virtual world technologies have to offer? In: Education 2011 - 2021 Summit: Global Challenges and Perspectives of Blended and Distance Learning, 15-18 Feb 2011, Sydney, Australia.

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New information and communication technologies provide opportunities and challenges for teachers. Emerging virtual world technologies, such as Second Life, are a current example of this. Early adopters and innovators are currently exploring what these technologies offer specific cohorts of students, such as the distance Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidate. This paper explores the experiences of three educators and four HDR candidates using virtual worlds as part of the supervisory process. Each case study explores the potentials and pitfalls of the medium from the individual’s perspective, and suggests solutions to overcoming some of the challenges. Subsequent thematic analysis of the case studies helps to support the field of literature on using virtual worlds in formal education. Demonstrating the potential merit of virtual worlds to support the HDR candidate, the paper concludes with a range of possible research directions for this new and exciting field of study.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 02:08
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 01:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher degree research(HDR)candidates; distance education (DE); supervisors; virtual worlds; Second Life (SL)
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100599 Communications Technologies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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