Sustaining the future through virtual worlds

Gregory, Sue and Gregory, Brent and Hillier, Mathew and Jacka, Lisa and Schutt, Stefan and Ellis, David and Stokes-Thompson, Frederick and Wood, Denise and Masters, Yvonne and Farley, Helen and Orwin, Lindy and Stupans, Ieva and Scutter, Sheila and Warren, Ian and Steel, Caroline and Neuendorf, Penelope and Bower, Matt and Miller, Charlynn and Mathews, Shane and Butler, Des and Hearns, Merle and Garcia, Jaime and Jegathesan, Jay Jay and Brown, Ross and Meredith, Grant and Muir-Cochran, Eimear and Flintoff, Kim and Grant, Scott and Atkins, Clare and Gaukrodger, Belma and Giovanangeli, Angela and Le Rossignol, Karen and Larson, Ian and Cram, Andrew and Linegar, Dale and Wang, Xiangyu and Muir, Tracey and Cleland, Ben and Paillat, Edith and Grenfell, Jenny and Hay, Lyn and Gu, Ning and Williams, Anthony and Simoff, Simeon and Bogdanovych, Anton and McCarthy, Angela (2012) Sustaining the future through virtual worlds. In: ASCILITE 2012: 29th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Future Challenges, Sustainable Futures, 25-28 Nov 2012, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Abstract

Virtual worlds (VWs) continue to be used extensively in Australia and New Zealand higher education institutions although the tendency towards making unrealistic claims of efficacy and popularity appears to be over. Some educators at higher education institutions continue to use VWs in the same way as they have done in the past; others are exploring a range of different VWs or using them in new ways; whilst some are opting out altogether. This paper presents an overview of how 46 educators from some 26 institutions see VWs as an opportunity to sustain higher education. The positives and negatives of using VWs are discussed.


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Additional Information: Copyright © 2012 S. Gregory et al. The author(s) assign to the 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 website and in other formats for the Proceedings ascilite 2012. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the author(s).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2013 01:19
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2014 04:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual worlds; Virtual Worlds Working Group; VWWG; Second Life; SL; OpenSim
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
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
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23323

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