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 (2013) Supervising higher degree research (HDR) candidates at a distance: what do emerging virtual world technologies have to offer? In: Outlooks and opportunities in blended and distance learning. Advances in Mobile and Distance Learning. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 369-382. ISBN 9781466642058

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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: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2013, IGI Global. Copying or distributing in print or electronic forms without written permission of IGI Global is prohibited.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2014 04:36
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 05:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual worlds; Second Life; educational technology; HDR supervision
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.ch027

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