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Virtual worlds to enhance student engagement

Grenfell, Janette and Warren, Ian 2010, Virtual worlds to enhance student engagement, The international journal of technology, knowledge and society, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 25-40.

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Title Virtual worlds to enhance student engagement
Author(s) Grenfell, Janette
Warren, Ian
Journal name The international journal of technology, knowledge and society
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 25
End page 40
Total pages 16
Publisher Common Ground
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1832-3669
Keyword(s) Virtual Worlds
Second Life
Engagement
Technology
Education
Criminology
Immersive Learning
Summary Both the School of Education and the discipline of Criminology at Deakin University have been using the 3-dimensional environment Second Life to deliver curriculum content and to engage students with each other and with teaching staff. The nature of this platform is facilitating more proactive student engagement with technology, including increased student competence in sharing artwork, problem solving and general discussion of complex criminological issues. In this paper, we provide some examples of how we are using Second Life in our curriculum offerings in Education and Criminology as a tool to promote greater engagement, particularly for students undertaking their courses by distance. We outine how the immersive nature of this platform can enhance the level of student interaction to produce a deeper form of engagement with our Unit material than is possible through conventional text and web-based document repositories.
Language eng
Field of Research 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
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