Exploring virtual world innovations and design through learner voices

Gregory, Sue and Gregory, Brent and Grant, Scott and McDonald, Marcus and Nikolic, Sasha and Farley, Helen and O'Connell, Judy and Butler, Des and Jacka, Lisa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1389-8978 and Jegathesan, Jay Jay and McGrath, Naomi and Rudra, Amit and Stokes-Thompson, Frederick and Sukunesan, Suku and Zagami, Jason and Sim, Jenny and Schutt, Stefan and Gaukrodger, Belma and Hearns, Merle and Irving, Leah (2016) Exploring virtual world innovations and design through learner voices. In: 33rd International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education: Show Me the Learning (ASCILITE 2016), 27 Nov - 30 Nov 2016, Adelaide, Australia.

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Abstract

Student voice has played a big role in shaping the development and measure of success/failure of virtual worlds in education. Data on past and ongoing educational uses and contexts of use of virtual worlds and associated student feedback was gathered via a survey of educational researchers specialising in virtual worlds. Introduced are a range of specific uses that provide the source of and context for student feedback. Ten major themes emerged from student voices that highlight strengths and weakness and point the way forward for both educators and the students themselves. Positive feedback highlighted experiences of both pedagogical design and the ability of the technology to support it. Negative feedback revolved around technical problems, seen as hampering the effectiveness of student learning experiences. Student voice regarding virtual worlds is both positive and rewarding, and commending of staff who have dedicated their time and effort to transform the learning experience.


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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: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2022 03:06
Last Modified: 30 May 2022 00:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual worlds, Second Life, student voice, learning design, lifelong 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
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45124

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