Institutional support for and barriers to the use of 3D immersive virtual worlds in higher education

Dalgarno, Barney and Lee, Mark J. W. and Carlson, Lauren and Gregory, Sue and Tynan, Belinda (2011) Institutional support for and barriers to the use of 3D immersive virtual worlds in higher education. 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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Anecdotal evidence suggests that despite recognising the potential benefits of 3D immersive virtual worlds for learning and teaching, many academic staff have chosen not to adopt them, due in large part to the complex array of technical and policy hurdles that must be negotiated in order to make use of such resources within higher education institutions. This paper presents selected results from the questionnaire phase of an Australia and New Zealand-wide scoping study of the use of 3D immersive virtual worlds in higher education. The particular focus in the paper is on findings from the questionnaire about support provided within institutions, technical and other barriers encountered by those considering adoption, and whether and how these were overcome.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2011 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 Hobart 2011. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the author(s).
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 05:40
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2014 01:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: 3D immersive virtual world; Second Life; institutional support; technical issues
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4607 Graphics, augmented reality and games > 460799 Graphics, augmented reality and games not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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