Me, us and it: insiders views of the complex technical, organisational and personal elements in using virtual worlds in education

Gregory, Sue and Gregory, Brent and Wood, Denise and Grant, Scott and Nikolic, Sasha and Hillier, Mathew and Hearns, Merle and Jacka, Lisa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1389-8978 and McDonald, Marcus and Reiners, Torsten and Lierse, Sharon and John, Blooma and Sukunesan, Suku and Rutherford, Emily and Jegathesan, Jay Jay and Butler, Des and Farley, Helen and Irwin, Pauletta (2017) Me, us and it: insiders views of the complex technical, organisational and personal elements in using virtual worlds in education. In: 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education: Me, Us, IT! (ASCILITE 2017), 4 Dec - 6 Dec 2017, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Abstract

The adoption and pedagogical use of technologies such as virtual worlds to support teaching and learning, and research in higher education involves a complex interplay of technical, organisational and personal factors. In this paper, eighteen educators and researchers provide an overview of how they perceive a virtual world can be used in education from the perspective of themselves as individuals ‘me’, their educational organisations and as members of the Australian and New Zealand Virtual Worlds Working Group (VWWG) community of practice ‘us’, as well as the complex technology that underpins this learning environment ‘IT’. Drawing on Linstone’s (1981, 1984) Technical, Organisational and Personal (TOP) multiple perspective concept as the framework for analysis, the authors discuss their perspectives of how the personal, organisational and technical aspects of teaching through the use of virtual worlds have impacted on their teaching and research in higher education. The potential of employing the TOP framework to inform future research into the use of technologies such as virtual worlds in teaching and learning is explored.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Digital Life Lab (7 Jul 2016 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Digital Life Lab (7 Jul 2016 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2022 23:43
Last Modified: 30 May 2022 00:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual worlds; education; technology; teaching and learning
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
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 > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): 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 > 160304 Teaching and instruction technologies
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