The development of virtual world tools to enhance learning and real world decision making in the Australian sugar farming industry

Reardon-Smith, Kathryn and Farley, Helen and Cliffe, Neil and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Stone, Roger and Doyle, Joanne and Martin, Neil ORCID: and Ostini, Jenny and Maraseni, Tek ORCID: and Marcussen, Torben and Loch, Adam and Lindesay, Janette (2014) The development of virtual world tools to enhance learning and real world decision making in the Australian sugar farming industry. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, 7 (3). pp. 17-23.

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In farming, the outcome of critical decisions to enhance productivity and profitability, and so ensure the viability of farming enterprises, is often influenced by seasonal conditions and weather events over the growing season. This paper reports on a project that uses cutting-edge advances in digital technologies, and their application in learning environments, to develop and evaluate a web-based virtual 'discussion-support' system for improved climate risk management in Australian sugar farming systems. Customized scripted video clips (machinima) are created in the Second Life virtual world environment. The videos use contextualized settings and lifelike avatar actors to model conversations about climate risk and key farm operational decisions relevant to the real-world lives and practices of sugarcane farmers. The tools generate new cognitive schema for farmers to access and provide stimuli for discussions around how to incorporate an understanding of climate risk into operational decision-making. They also have potential
to provide cost-effective agricultural extension that simulates real world face-to-face extension services, but is accessible anytime anywhere.

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Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: iJAC is an Open Access Journal. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
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Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2014 23:59
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2017 01:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: agricultural extension; climate risk management; discussion support tools; Second Life machinima
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling
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
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300207 Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
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 > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures
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