Shifting pedagogies: Embedding virtual worlds in teaching and learning

Jacka, Lisa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1389-8978 (2018) Shifting pedagogies: Embedding virtual worlds in teaching and learning. In: Virtual Worlds: Concepts, Applications and Future Directions. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York, pp. 201-232. ISBN 978-1-53613-099-7


Abstract

Virtual worlds present an opportunity to shift pedagogy at all levels of education. Technology that Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students are exposed to during their studies has a significant impact on the technology they use in their future classrooms. As such, ITE courses and faculty have an important role to play in the introduction, development and support of innovative educational technology. Evidence gathered from the introduction of virtual worlds in an ITE course in regional Australia provides insights into the barriers and benefits of virtual worlds in teaching and learning. ITE students and faculty displayed a complex interaction of perceptions, experiences, motivations and barriers. These inter-related factors formed the basis for the development of a 'phases of engagement' model. The model informed where ITE students and faculty were situated on a perception/experience matrix. This matrix is a visual tool for identifying how an individual might shift from their initial perceptions once they have been exposed to virtual world resources and experiences. Real world examples are provided of ITE students who created virtual world environments and where they were situated on the matrix. This provides a framework for discussing the role that virtual worlds can play in shifting pedagogical practices of ITE students, faculty and classroom teachers.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2021 05:54
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2021 06:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education; Initial-teacher education; Virtual worlds
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160303 Teacher and instructor development
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160304 Teaching and instruction technologies
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