The reality of authentic learning in virtual worlds

Farley, Helen (2016) The reality of authentic learning in virtual worlds. In: Learning in virtual worlds: research and applications. Issues in Distance Education. Athabasca University, Canada, pp. 129-149. ISBN 978-177199-133-9

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Abstract

There is considerable hype around the purported affordances of virtual worlds to facilitate authentic learning in a variety of discipline areas. Though at first glance, virtual worlds look as if they would provide an ideal environment for this type of learning, in reality there are a number of factors that need to be considered in relation to these claims. As Sherry Turkle suggests, even though new technologies provide opportunities for being and learning, there is a risk that because the virtual is deliberately compelling, we believe that we are achieving more than we actually are (Turkle, 1995). Though experiences in virtual worlds can be immersive and engaging, they still may not be authentically educative for the user (Jackson & Lalioti, 2000). This chapter examines the claims surrounding authentic learning in virtual worlds with a view to determining their veracity.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is licensed under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Noncommercial–NoDerivative Works 4.0 International
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 05:42
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2017 23:43
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.15215/aupress/9781771991339.01
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28739

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