How are Australian and New Zealand higher educators using 3D immersive virtual worlds in their teaching?

Lee, Mark J. W. and Dalgarno, Barney and Gregory, Sue and Carlson, Lauren and Tynan, Belinda (2013) How are Australian and New Zealand higher educators using 3D immersive virtual worlds in their teaching? In: Outlooks and opportunities in blended and distance learning. Advances in Mobile and Distance Learning . IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 169-188. ISBN 9781466642058

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Numerous papers have been published reporting on specific applications of 3D immersive virtual worlds in higher education, but there have been few attempts to systematically analyse and document views, experiences and applications across the sector. Presented in this chapter are selected results and findings from a questionnaire (n = 117), which was administered as part of a DEHub-funded scoping study of the use of 3D immersive virtual worlds in Australia and New Zealand for learning and teaching in distance/online, face-to-face and blended settings. The overall research design of the scoping study is discussed, followed by selected information from the questionnaire responses about the 100 subjects in which the technology was reported to have been used. This includes statistics on the subject levels, discipline areas, delivery modes, virtual world platforms used and whether the virtual world-based tasks were compulsory and/or assessable. Finally, the chapter reports on data collected from a subset of the respondents who provided more detailed information about their subjects in a number of areas, namely the nature of the in-world activities undertaken by students, the funding and support obtained for the initiative, whether dedicated development was carried out, views on the most successful aspects and the problems encountered.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Distance and e-Learning Centre
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2013 05:44
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2016 01:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual worlds; connectedness needs; DEHub; distance education; online teaching; delivery platforms
Fields of Research : 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
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4205-8.ch013

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